Children with long bone fractures were 4% to 47% less likely to be given timely care and 3% to 17% less likely to get effective care at emergency departments with crowding at the 90th percentile, compared with those at the 10th percentile, according to a study in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine. Although the study didn't explain the reasons behind the link between crowded EDs and pain treatment, lead author Dr. Marion Sills cited the utilization of hospital staff as one potential issue.

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