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CDC Releases National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2007 Emergency Department Summary

Aug 20, 2010

Patients arrived in EDs by ambulance for about 18 million (15.5 percent) visits.

Brief Highlights:

·         In 2007, there were 116.8 million ED visits or 39.4 visits per 100 persons

·         There were about 222 visits to U.S. EDs every minute during 2007.

·         The annual number of visits to EDs has increased by 23 percent since 1997, while the annual visit rate increased by 11 percent.

·         About 18.6 percent of visits by children younger than 15 years of age were to pediatric EDs.

·         The age group with highest annual ED visit rate was infants under 12 months old (88.5 visits per 100