Emergency Department Deaths Halved in 15 Years

From Medscape:

The number of US adults dying in emergency departments (EDs) across the country has declined significantly in recent years, a study has shown. Between 1997 and 2011, ED deaths dropped by 48%, from 1.48 per 1000 adults to 0.77.

Hemal K. Kanzaria, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues report their findings in an article published in the July issue of Health Affairs.

The dramatic reduction in ED deaths may be attributable in large part to recent advances in emergency critical care, particularly the acute management of life-threatening conditions, the authors write.

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