Every year, about 130 million Americans visit the Emergency Department with only 37 million of them are injury-related in nature. While injuries, abdominal pain, and respiratory illnesses are the top causes of ER visits, many are still visiting the department with some bizarre or common conditions like fever or flu.
As many of US hospitals experience overcrowding, waiting time for patients seeking emergency care is getting longer as well. With an average waiting time of 28 minutes or more, it is important to increase the staffing in the emergency departments to give the optimal patient care, especially in urgent situations.
Here are the top reasons for emergency department visits.
Abdominal pain is the most common reason for an ER visit. With visits are minor cases like indigestion, nausea, or diarrhea, some may be life threatening in nature, like food poisoning, kidney stones and more.
Doctors and the emergency department staff will conduct a thorough physical examination and history to check its severity before giving a treatment plan.
Chest Pains and Shortness of Breath
You should not disregard pain or discomfort in the chest or a shortness of breath. Though it can be an allergy, muscle pain or anxiety, it is important to rule out a possible cardiac event. If ruled out, the patient would still go through assessment through different diagnostic procedures.
Falls is the most common reason for emergency visits in children. Despite your age, it is important to seek medical help after a fall, for it may result to sprain, fractures or even head injuries.
A delayed treatment of fractures may lead to complications like deformity and disability while a direct blow to the head may lead to a concussion.
You should attend to emergency cases, despite its nature or cause, with immediate response. Hence, in a hospital setting, adding emergency department staffing can be useful to ensure quality medical service.