From the CDC:
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?
- Chest pain
- Contusion with intact skin
- Nonischemic heart disease
- Sprains and strains of the neck and back
- Syncope and collapse
- Abdominal pain
- Drug dependence and non-dependent abuse of drugs
- 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.