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Conclusion

Congratulations on completing this lengthy, albeit informative, chapter! This chapter is meant to act as a guide for the reader through the murky waters of ED psychiatric patient care. We realize that many of the topics discussed previously may appear to have a utopian feel to them, but the hope is that you will gain a clearer picture of what is needed to help create a consistent, stable, and effective psychiatric system of care within your ED. If you are an administrator reading this chapter, you are now many steps ahead of other hospital system administrators in providing appropriate care, staffing, and cultural changes to the ED setting. If you are a patient or an advocate reading this chapter, you should now have a better understanding of what the possibilities are for raising the standards of care during an ED experience.

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