Emergency Department Visits

Data are for the U.S.

  • Number of visits: 145.6 million
  • Number of injury-related visits: 42.2 million
  • Number of visits per 100 persons: 45.8
  • Number of emergency department visits resulting in hospital admission: 12.6 million
  • Number of emergency department visits resulting in admission to critical care unit: 2.2 million
  • Percent of visits with patient seen in fewer than 15 minutes: 39.0%
  • Percent of visits resulting in hospital admission: 8.7%
  • Percent of visits resulting in transfer to a different (psychiatric or other) hospital: 2.7%

Source: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 Emergency Department Summary Tables, tables 1, 4, 14, 24, 25 pdf icon[PDF – 738 KB]

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Page last reviewed: January 19, 2017