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New Overview of ER Visits in the US

A new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report analyzing emergency department visits during 2011 includes these highlights:

  • For every 100 people in the population, there were 42.1 visits to the ED, and 6.2 of these visits resulted in a hospital admission.
  • Women had a 20% higher rate of ED visits than men.
  • For infants and children, respiratory issues were the most common reason an ED visit resulted in a hospital admission.
  • Mood disorders were the most frequent reason for younger adults to be admitted to the hospital through the ED, while septicemia was the top reason for older adults.
  • Rural hospitals had a higher rate of ED visits resulting in an ED discharge than their urban counterparts.
  • Private insurance was the expected primary payer for 29% of ED visits, Medicaid for 27%, and Medicare for 22%. Uninsured visits represented 16%.

Source: Weiss AJ and others. Overview of emergency department visits in the United States, 2011. HCUP [Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project] Statistical Brief, #174, June 2014. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb174-Emergency-Department-Visits-Overview.pdf

Related post: https://aharesourcecenter.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/fast-stats-on-emergency-department-visits/

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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