Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Emergency Department Visits by People Aged 65+

Older Americans are frequent visitors to hospital emergency departments. In a year's time, the emergency department visit rate is 511 for every 1,000 people aged 65 or older. On average, then, about half the elderly go to an emergency room in a year's time. But some are more likely to have an emergency than others, with the visit rate increasing with age...

Annual number of emergency department visits per 1,000 people
Aged 65 to 74: 398
Aged 75 to 84: 573
Aged 85-plus: 832

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Emergency Department Visits by Persons Aged 65 and Over: United States, 2009-2010

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