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How Emergency Rooms Are Used

Top 10 Emergency Department Diagnosis Discharges
Rank Diagnosis Category Total Number of Discharges
1 Sprains and strains 6,375,245
2 Superficial injury, contusion 6,107,869
3 Other upper respiratory infections 5,285,382
4 Abdominal pain 4,381,653
5 Open wounds of extremities 3,697,836
6 Spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorder, other back problems 3,236,278
7 Nonspecific chest pain 3,018,660
8 Headache, including migraine 2,825,233
9 Open wounds of head, neck, and trunk 2,692,292
10 Skin and subcutaneous tissue infections 2,610,735

Data Source: HCUPnet. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), 2006. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Rockville, MD. http://hcupnet.ahrq.gov.

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March 1, 2010 - Posted by | Health care delivery, healthcare | ,

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