AHRQ data examines hospital admissions through the ED

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Thu Apr 27 22:35:17 PDT 2006

AHRQ data examines hospital admissions through the ED

Source: AHA News Now (http://www.ahanews.com)
Date: April 5, 2006

More than half (55%) of the admissions to U.S. community hospitals for
conditions other than pregnancy, childbirth and neonatal care begin in the
hospital emergency department, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
reports. More than one quarter (26%) of the 29.3 million patients admitted
through the ED in 2003 had heart or blood vessel diseases, 15% had respiratory
diseases, 14% had digestive disorders and 11% had injuries, according to the
agency’s Nationwide Inpatient Sample database. Pneumonia led the top 20
specific conditions warranting hospitalization through the ED with 935,000
admissions. Other leading conditions included congestive heart failure, chest
pain, hardening of the arteries and heart attack. For more information, see the
AHRQ’s two briefs on the topic.

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Cyrus Shahpar & Brian Potts 
Managing Editors, CAL/AAEM News Service
University of California, Irvine

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