Most Common Diagnoses in Patients Transported by Ambulance to Emergency Departments — United States, 2003

From the CDC:

QuickStats: Most Common Diagnoses in Patients Transported by Ambulance to Emergency Departments, by Primary Diagnosis Group — United States, 2003

During 2003, approximately 16 million ambulance transports were made to emergency departments (30 per minute); 37% of patients transported were admitted to hospitals.

Ten primary diagnosis groups accounted for approximately one third of all transports.

And, what were those ten categories?

  1. Chest pain
  2. Contusion with intact skin
  3. Nonischemic heart disease
  4. Sprains and strains of the neck and back
  5. Convulsions
  6. Syncope and collapse
  7. Abdominal pain
  8. Pneumonia
  9. Drug dependence and non-dependent abuse of drugs
  10. Fractures, excluding lower limb

I wonder how many of those were inter-related: Cocaine abuse causing chest pain and convulsions, followed by syncope, awakening with a big bruise, finger fracture and a wicked neck strain, a non-Q wave MI and abdominal pain, with aspiration pneumonia caused by the convulsion.

Yeah, I saw that patient, recently.  Everyone in the ED has, apparently.