This study sheds some light on a very important and overlooked aspect of patient care within the field of urology. I commend the authors on pursuing this topic and in reporting their data on the lack of urologic examination within the ED. Although certainly every institution is different, we all have encountered similar instances in which our patients were not properly evaluated in an emergency setting. One reason is obvious; by nature, the typical ED is unpredictable. Therefore, the period that healthcare personnel are able to spend with patients can vary depending on the time of day, availability of ancillary personnel, and number of patient admissions.
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