POST Online Media Lite Edition



 

NEWLY REPORTED COVID-19 CASES (11.19.2021, 4:50pm CEST, WHO):   India 11,106    Brazil 11,977    United Kingdom 46,858    Russia 37,156    Turkey 22,234    France 19,840    Argentina 1,553    Germany 52,970    Spain 3,932    Columbia 2,257    Italy 10,645    Mexico 3,836    Ukraine 20,050    Poland 23,242    Philippines 1,297    Malaysia 6,380    Netherlands 23,680    Peru 1,370    Thailand 6,855    Czechia 13,374    Canada 2,448    Romania 3,076    Chile 2,611    Serbia 3,219    Sweden 1,210    Portugal 2,398    Vietnam 10,223    Kazakhstan 1,272    Austria 14,212    Hungary 11,289    Greece 7,276    Georgia 4,278    Bulgaria 2,785    Belarus 1,844    Slovakia 7,418    Azerbaijan 2,124    Croatia 7,270    Bolivia 1,119    Ireland 4,646    Lithuania 1,847    Denmark 4,013    South Korea 3,034    Slovenia 3,662    Latvia 1,221    Laos 1,401    China 31    New Zealand 200    Australia 1,302   

Emergency visits in US reach all-time high 145.6 million patients

Christian Fernsby |
Emergency visits climbed to a record high of 145.6 million patients in 2016, the most recent year available, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Article continues below




This is an increase from more than 136.9 million visits in 2015.

And, only 4.3 percent of emergency patients went to the emergency department with nonurgent medical symptoms, a decrease from 5.5 percent in 2015.

Wait times continue to improve, notes the American College of Emergency Physicians.

More than one-third (39 percent) of patients wait less than 15 minutes to see a provider and nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of patients are seen in less than one hour.

Illness continues to outpace injury as a reason people seek emergency care and the most frequently seen patients are children or senior citizens.

Patients age 15 or younger made up 18.8 percent (27.4 million) of emergency visits.

Patients age 65 or older made up 15.9 percent (23.1 million) of emergency visits.

Stomach pain (12.5 million visits, 8.6 percent) and chest pain (7.5 million visits, 5.2 percent) top the list of the most common reasons patients seek emergency care.

Injuries accounted for 42.2 million emergency visits (29 percent).

The leading causes of injury were falls (10.5 million visits, 23 percent of injury visits) and motor vehicle crashes (3.7 million visits, 8.1 percent of total injury visits).

Heart disease was the leading principal diagnosis group among the diseases that most commonly resulted in hospital admission from the emergency department.

Almost 60 percent of emergency care was delivered outside of traditional "business hours" (8am-5pm).

And, 69 percent of hospital inpatients are processed through the emergency department.

There was no change in the percentage of care delivered during traditional business hours (41 percent).

Median time to see a physician or other provider decreased to 17 minutes. The median visit length is about 180 minutes, which includes time with the physician or other provider, or other clinical services.

In 2016, 15.8 percent of patients arrived at the emergency department by ambulance, representing about 24 million ambulance transports.

Hospital admission or transfer resulted from 17.4 million visits. A patient admitted to the hospital from the emergency department will stay in the hospital an average of 4.5 days.

There were 2.2 million emergency visits by patients living in nursing homes, one-third of which resulted in hospital admission.

More than 5.5 million patients visited the emergency department with a primary diagnosis of mental disorder. Of those, 2.4 million visits involved a mental health professional seeing a patient in the emergency department. Patient visits resulting in hospital admission for mental health issues reached more than 2.1 million, which is 5,930 patient visits every day.

The number of homeless patients increased from 0.6 percent to 1 percent of total emergency visits.

The most frequent source of payment was Medicaid or CHIP (37.7 percent of visits), followed by private insurance (31.8 percent), Medicare (21.6 percent) or no insurance (8.4 percent).


What to read next

Headache pain in children on the rise
Visits to emergency departments for headache pain in children on the rise
Use of anti-anxiety drugs for pain rising in US