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More than 123.8 million people in the United States will make an ED visit, and 13% will end up being admitted to the hospital, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers analyzed more than 7 million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010 for 12 diagnoses: bowel obstruction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetic acidosis and coma, gastrointestinal bleed, myocardial infarction, heart failure, pancreatitis, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, respiratory failure, sepsis, and stroke.
Medicare patients admitted to the nation's best-performing hospitals for emergency medicine have a 40% lower death rate compared with all other hospitals, according to a new survey by HealthGrades, a Denver, Colorado–based provider of information about physicians and hospitals.
"If all hospitals performed at the level of the Emergency Medicine Excellence hospitals from 2008 through 2010, an additional 170,856 people could have potentially survived their emergency hospitalization," the HealthGrades release notes.
In the Bay Area, 6 Hospitals were in the top 5%.
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