Emergency Department Visits

Data are for the U.S.

  • Number of visits: 139.0 million
  • Number of injury-related visits: 40.0 million
  • Number of visits per 100 persons: 43.3
  • Number of emergency department visits resulting in hospital admission: 14.5 million
  • Number of emergency department visits resulting in admission to critical care unit: 2.0 million
  • Percent of visits with patient seen in fewer than 15 minutes: 40.4%
  • Percent of visits resulting in hospital admission: 10.4%
  • Percent of visits resulting in transfer to a different (psychiatric or other) hospital: 2.2%

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2017 Emergency Department Summary Tables, tables 1, 4, 14, 24, 25 pdf icon[PDF – 863 KB]

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Page last reviewed: January 19, 2017