Creating an Autism Friendly Emergency Department: A Program to Manage Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Similar Conditions
The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is on the rise. Consequently Emergency Departments (ED) are treating more patients with ASD. These patients are especially vulnerable to the overwhelming stress associated with an ED visit. The current standard of care is not adequate for these patients, resulting in unwanted outcomes. A patient care program has been created to better serve patients with ASD or similar conditions in a pediatric ED.