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Top Reasons People Visit the ER

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Top Reasons People Visit the ER

When you feel something is wrong with your body, it’s time to go to the emergency room (ER). Learn what drives more than 131 million Americans to visit the ER every year.

More than 1.6 million infants and adults older than age 45 are admitted to the ER due to respiratory conditions, including bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.

More than 2.2 million adults older than age 45 visit the ER for nonspecific chest pain.

Ear infections and fever are two of the most common reasons patients younger than age 18 go to the ER, accounting for almost 10 percent of all visits.

4.5 million adults younger than age 85 seek care from the ER for abdominal and stomach pain.

During a medical emergency, remembering to take everything you need to the emergency room (ER) can be difficult. Keep the following essential information on hand:

  • List of medications. For every person in your family, have a written record of daily medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and any vitamins or supplements. Make sure the dosage and directions are included.
  • Preexisting illnesses and allergies. The medical staff needs to know if you or a loved one has diabetes, high blood pressure or any other chronic illnesses that could complicate treatment, as well as any food or drug allergies that could cause life-threatening reactions.
  • Your doctor’s phone number and address. If you need follow-up care, having this information handy will make communication between the ER and your doctor’s office easier.

* Source of all statistics: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality