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Top 10 best and worst states for emergency care in 2014

Things are not good as far as emergency care in the United States — the American College of Emergency Physicians gives an overall grade of D+ nationally in this 2014 report.  (Previous report cards were issued in 2006 and 2009.  In 2009, the national overall grade was C-.)

The top ranked states are:

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Maine
  4. Nebraska
  5. Colorado
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Ohio
  8. North Dakota
  9. Utah
  10. Maryland

The bottom ranked states are (number 1 is worst below):

  1. Wyoming
  2. Arkansas
  3. New Mexico
  4. Montana
  5. Kentucky
  6. Michigan
  7. Illinois
  8. Alabama
  9. Louisiana and Alaska (tied)

The report contains individual metrics for each state.  LOTS of metrics, like board certified emergency physicians per 100,000 population and accredited chest pain centers per 1 million population.  I especially like:

  • Median minutes from ED arrival to ED departure for admitted patients

Source:  Emergency Care Environment: A State-by-State Report Card, 2014.  Click here for full text free: http://www.emreportcard.org/uploadedFiles/EMReportCard2014.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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