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How many ER visits result in a hospital admission?

In 2007, 12.5% of emergency department visits in the US resulted in an admission to the same hospital, according to a report from National Center for Health Statistics. Another 2.1% of ER patients were admitted to an observation unit, while 1.8% were transferred to a different hospital.

Of the ER patients admitted, nearly 20% went to a step-down or telemetry unit, 11.5% were admitted to a critical care unit, and 4.4% went from the ER to the OR.

Source: Niska R, Bhuiya F, and Xu J. National hospital ambulatory medical care survey: 2007 emergency department summary. National Health Statistics Reports [US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], no. 26, Aug. 6, 2010. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr026.pdf

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