June 28, 2018

Freestanding EDs lower admission rates

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

Patients assessed in hospital-based emergency departments (EDs) were 20% more likely to be admitted than patients at freestanding EDs, this study finds.

Data for the 3,230 patient study, were collected from 2015 Cleveland Clinic statistics of its tertiary hospital-based ED and two of its freestanding EDs.

Of 1,708 patients who used the hospital-based ED, 49% (842) were admitted, and of 1,522 who used the freestanding EDs, 42% (645) were admitted.

The researchers focused on patients with chest pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and congestive heart failure.

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