Emergency Department Visits

Data are for the U.S.

  • Number of visits: 130.0 million
  • Number of injury-related visits: 35.0 million
  • Number of visits per 100 persons: 40.4
  • Number of emergency department visits resulting in hospital admission: 16.2 million
  • Number of emergency department visits resulting in admission to critical care unit: 2.3 million
  • Percent of visits with patient seen in fewer than 15 minutes: 43.5%
  • Percent of visits resulting in hospital admission: 12.4%
  • Percent of visits resulting in transfer to a different (psychiatric or other) hospital: 2.3%

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2018 National Summary Tables, table 1, 4, 14, 24, 25pdf icon

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Page last reviewed: October 14, 2021