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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.7
Percent of emergency department visits where patient was admitted to the hospital or transferred to other facility whose emergency department visit was greater than or equal to 6 hours,a United States, 2000-2001 and 2003-2004
    2003-2004 2000-2001
Population group Number Percent Standard error Number Percent Standard error
Total 2,638 26.4 1.2 2,125 25.9 1.2
Age 0-17 160 18.3 1.9 139 19.4 2.3
18-44 778 30.0 1.6 624 28.4 1.6
45-64 739 28.0 1.6 561 27.0 1.9
65 and over 961 24.7 1.4 801 25.4 1.4
Race White only 1,992 25.5 1.3 1,528 24.4 1.4
Black only 536 30.4 2.2 538 34.5 1.8
Asian only 87 37.2 4.7 53 20.8 3.6
American Indian/Alaska Native only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Gender Male 1,217 25.6 1.3 1,002 25.0 1.5
Female 1,421 27.1 1.4 1,123 26.8 1.3
Payment source Private 784 26.2 1.3 689 27.3 1.5
Medicare 938 24.7 1.5 733 24.8 1.5
Medicaid 477 28.2 2.2 368 28.4 2.1
Uninsured 309 32.5 2.1 217 25.2 2.5
Unknown 130 25.1 3.1 118 21.9 3.1
Location MSA 2,462 29.3 1.3 2,007 28.5 1.3
Non-MSA 176 10.9 2.2 118 13.7 2.1

a The NHAMCS ED question is "Visit Disposition" where disposition is admit to hospital, or admit to ICU/CCU, or transfer to other facility.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality or confidentiality.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

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