-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- Every year, one in five
Americans makes at least one trip to the emergency room, new
The report, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, also revealed that children and adults with Medicaid
coverage were more likely than uninsured Americans and those with
private insurance to make at least one visit to the ER.
Between 2009 and 2010, most adults were in the ER due to
injuries (14 percent). Meanwhile, cold symptoms sent most children
to the ER during that timeframe (27 percent), the authors noted in
a CDC news release.
Also during those two years, about four out of five ER patients
(81 percent) were discharged with instructions to receive follow-up
care as needed. In another 16 percent of cases, the patient was
admitted to the hospital. The researchers noted that in 2 percent
of cases, the patient left the ER without being treated and less
than 1 percent ended in the patient's death.
In addition, 59 percent of patients in the ER were discharged
with at least one drug prescription, according to the CDC's annual,
comprehensive report on American's health.
During the decade between 2000 and 2010, 35 percent of emergency
room visits required an X-ray. The researchers noted that use of
advanced imaging scans, such as CT and MRI, jumped from 5 percent
to 17 percent of visits over that time period.
Interestingly, the percentage of uninsured young adult patients
in the ER dropped between 2010 and 2011, going from 34 percent to
28 percent among those aged 19 to 25, the CDC researchers
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides
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