Nearly 1 in 12 patients who visited an emergency department (ED) in six states returned to an acute care setting within 3 days, and 30 days after that first emergency visit, the revisit rate to acute care settings rose to nearly 1 in 5 patients, according to a longitudinal and population-based study published in the June 2 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, writes Medscape Medical News. This return rate is twice as frequent as was previously reported. The authors examined data from 2006 to 2010 from six states (Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Nebraska, and Utah), which represent 21.6% of the nation’s population. Only 2 years of Arizona data, from 2006 and 2007, had revisit details and were included. Because 2010 data from Hawaii and Utah were not available, those years were excluded from the analysis.
Read full study: Revisit Rates and Associated Costs After an Emergency Department Encounter: A Multistate Analysis, Annals of Internal Medicine