ON the AOL news boards is an article about ER care. AOL has a HUGE audience. If you go on this site and go to the message board for this article you can post. Especially if your levaquin experience involved any ER procedure. Post away. It won't be on more than a few more hours. Also anybody here that has had a bad ER experience, you should go on and post here too. · U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq Reach 2,500 · Microsoft's Gates to Transition Out of Company · News Media Access to Guantanamo Blocked · 1,000 Homes Evacuated Near Western Fires · Bush to Create World's Largest Marine Reserve · Emergency Care Listed in Critical Condition Search for Top News: Updated: 10:08 AM EDT IM This E-mail This Emergency Medical Care Listed in Critical Condition By Robert Davis, USA TODAY (June 15) -- The nation's emergency medical system - from the 911 centers that take phone calls for help to the emergency rooms that have become primary treatment centers for millions of Americans - is in a dangerous state of crisis, says a new series of landmark reports. Elaine Thompson, AP A nurse checks on a patient in an emergency room in Seattle. Many emergency rooms barely can handle their daily patient loads, according to new reports. Watch Video: Emergency Room Crisis More Coverage: Hospitals Reduce Patient-Killing Mistakes Talk About It: Post Thoughts The Institute of Medicine on Wednesday released the Future of Emergency Care reports, which were prepared by a 40-member board after a two-year investigation. The IOM advises the government on science, medical and health issues. The reports warn that the U.S. lifesaving system is not only failing to handle daily emergencies but also could break down in the face of national disasters, including hurricanes, disease outbreaks or terrorist attacks. "We are not prepared," says Brent Eastman, a board member and chief medical officer at Scripps Health in San Diego. "We struggle to survive day-to-day." Nels Sanddal, board member and president of the Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation in Bozeman, Mont., agrees. "To ramp up" to treat high numbers of patients, he says, "we have to have backbone." The reports say that, on average, in every minute of every day an ambulance carrying a patient is turned away from a hospital on "diversion," when an emergency room says it's too full to take more patients. That must end, says Arthur Kellermann, director of the Center for Injury Control at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. "We cannot let the most time-sensitive portal in the hospital get gridlocked." The IOM reports detail how hundreds of thousands of lives are affected every year by EMS deficiencies that are not obvious. "What the public perceives and what is real, in many cases, there is a disconnect," says Gail Warden, president emeritus of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, who chaired the panel. "In most communities, there is a crisis under the surface." Stocks surge as Bernanke says high energy prices have had limited impact Senators overwhelmingly approve $94.5 billion in emergency funds EMI settles with Spitzer over payola for $3.75 million American Idol singer Ruben Studdard awarded $2 million in suit Jordan becomes part-owner of Bobcats Many emergency rooms barely can handle their daily patient loads, children don't always get good care, and the quality of rescue services is erratic, the reports say. And geography determines survival. "There is a wide disparity," says Shirley Gamble, a United Way board member in Austin. She cited a 2003 USA TODAY probe that found a 10-fold difference between major cities in cardiac arrest survival rates. The reports say that by following the lead of those cities that save more lives, entire regions can raise the quality of their care. Improvements to emergency medical services, Eastman says, "should be built on islands of excellence that exist today."