QuickStats: Emergency Department Visit Rates,*, by Age Group — United States, 2019–2020

Article Metrics

Views equals page views plus PDF downloads

Related Materials

The figure is a bar graph showing emergency department visit rates, by age group, in the United States during 2019–2020.

* Based on a sample of visits to emergency departments in noninstitutional general and short-stay hospitals, excluding federal, military, and Veterans Administration hospitals, located in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Visit rates are based on sets of estimates of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population developed by the Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau and reflect the population as of July 1 of each year.

With 95% CIs indicated by error bars.

The emergency department (ED) visit rate for infants aged <1 year declined by nearly one half from 123 visits per 100 infants during 2019 to 68 during 2020. The ED visit rate for children and adolescents aged 1–17 years also decreased from 43 to 29 visits per 100 persons during the same period. Decreases among adults aged 18–44 (47 to 43 per 100 adults), 45–74 (41 to 39), and ≥75 years (66 to 63) from 2019 to 2020 were not statistically significant. ED visit rates were highest for infants aged <1 year followed by adults aged ≥75 years.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2019–2020.

Reported by: Christopher Cairns, MPH, ovw7@cdc.gov, 301-458-4186; Jill J. Ashman, PhD.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Emergency Department Visit Rates, by Age Group — United States, 2019–2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2022;71:1350. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7142a5.

MMWR and Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report are service marks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.

All HTML versions of MMWR articles are generated from final proofs through an automated process. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr) and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables.

Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to mmwrq@cdc.gov.

View Page In: PDF [80K]