Report looks at reasons for adult ED visits

Source: The American Hospital Association (http://www.aha.org )

 

Pneumonia was the top reason adults were admitted to the hospital from the emergency department in 2005, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The report presents data on adult ED visits in 23 states from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. About 19% of ED visits in those states resulted in hospital admission. Other leading reasons for admission from the ED were congestive heart failure, chest pain, heart attack and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The poorest communities had nearly twice the rate of ED visits as the wealthiest communities. A future report will focus on pediatric ED visits. To view this report, please visit: http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb47.pdf

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