U.S. researchers looked at data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey and found that intensive care admissions from the emergency department rose by nearly 50%, from 2.79 million in 2002-2003 to 4.14 million in 2008-2009. Of all the ED patients, those aged 85 and older had the highest increase in the rate of ICU admissions. The findings appear in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine.
ICU admissions from EDs up nearly 50% in U.S.
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