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US rural hospitals: emergency department benchmarks

Here are some interesting statistics from iVantage’s 5th Annual Rural Emergency Department Study, which captures data on about 10 percent of the critical access hospitals in the U.S. 

Rural Hospitals: 2011 Data

  • 5.1% of ED patients were admitted
  • 3.2% of observation patients were admitted
  • 122 mins. average total ED time
  • 3.9% transfer rate
  • More than 50% of ED visits were classed as low acuity

Source: Topchik, M.  5th Annual National Rural Health ED Study, June 30, 2012.  Click here for full text: http://www.ivantagehealth.com/5th-annual-national-rural-health-ed-study-summary/

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