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Fast Stats on Emergency Department Visits

The National Center for Health Statistics provides these quick statistics on visits to the hospital emergency room:

  • Number of visits: 129.8 million
  • Number of injury-related visits: 37.9 million
  • Number of visits per 100 persons: 42.8
  • Percent of visits with patient seen in fewer than 15 minutes: 25.1%
  • Percent of visits resulting in hospital admission: 13.3%
  • Percent of visits resulting in transfer to a different (psychiatric or other) hospital: 2.1%

Source: FastStats: emergency department statistics. National Center for Health Statistics, accessed Feb. 25, 2014 at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/ervisits.htm  Based on National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2010 Emergency Department Summary Tables, tables 1, 4, 14, 24.

Related resource: Emergency department visits, emergency department visits per 1,000, and number of emergency departments, 1991-2012. In: Trendwatch Chartbook 2014, Table 3.3. American Hospital Association, Mar. 3, 2014.  http://www.aha.org/research/reports/tw/chartbook/2014/table3-3.pdf

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