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Why do healthy people die after going to emergency rooms?

Roughly 20 percent of the individuals in the United States wind up in the emergency room every year. Research from The British Medical Journal found that the quality of care they receive varies widely depending upon where they go. It could even cost patients their lives.

The lead researcher of the study, who is also a Harvard Medical School assistant professor, said that the larger academic hospitals admitted a greater number of ER patients, while smaller community hospitals tended not to. Unfortunately, it was those patients who had the highest mortality rates in the week following their visits to the ER.

The research study focused on otherwise healthy individuals who were not senior citizens or suffering from a serious disease during one five-year period.

Short-staffing may have contributed to these unnecessary deaths, as small hospitals lack the human resources to appropriately handle the volume of patients.

Another factor they found was that small hospitals relied on primary care physicians to show up and admit their patients rather than having staff physicians do this.

No patient wants to believe that they could slip through the cracks and wind up a statistic. Yet it pays to be proactive about one's own health care regardless of the setting. If you need medical care in an emergency, it may be worthwhile to seek it out in a large medical center in Toledo rather than a smaller community hospital in the suburbs.

No matter where treatment is rendered, if physician negligence is a contributing factor to a patient's worsened medical condition or demise, the patient or their surviving family members have the right to pursue justices and financial compensation through Ohio's civil court system.

Source: TIME, "The Scary Reason Healthy People Die After an ER Visit," Mandy Oaklander, accessed June 02, 2017

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