Who uses emergency rooms
What comes to your mind when you hear the word emergency room? Who really uses the emergency room? Why is the thought of going to the emergency room so scary? When most people think about emergency rooms, all they imagine are scenes of blood, doctors rushing up and down to save patients’ lives and millions of scalpels as they are used to seeing in Hollywood movies. Although these Hollywood scenes have some elements of truth attached to them, they oversee a lot of what actually goes on behind the scenes in the emergency rooms. In this article we want to demystify some of the misconceptions about emergency rooms and give you examples of people who normally use the emergency rooms.
Emergency rooms are special medical departments equipped with special machines and facilities to provide immediate and urgent treatment for acute illnesses and trauma related incidences like accidents. They are however capable of handling a number of medical complications from the most serious complications to the trivial ones. This is evident from the sort of traffic that emergency rooms handle every day in America. There is a wide range of conditions that arrive on a daily basis in emergency rooms in America. We have classified the types of people who use the emergency rooms into five categories to make you understand who it is that truly uses these emergency rooms. Here are the 5 categories of people that use emergency rooms in America;
These are the patients in critical conditions. People who are normally given priority using triage in the emergency rooms. People with conditions which if left unattended to may end up claiming the lives of the patients. These are people suffering from trauma especially from car accidents, burns, falls, heart attacks and overdoses. These are the only people that most people believe should be truly be entitled to use the emergency rooms. They however account for a little over 20% of all reported cases in emergency rooms per year.
The second example of people using the emergency room are people suffering from urgent medical conditions. These are conditions that are not necessarily life-threatening but can be fatal if they are left untreated. Conditions such as pneumonia, asthma attacks, severe abdominal pain, unconsciousness, broken bones, sports injuries and strokes. They are very serious illness which need urgent medical attention lest there will be consequences. They make up for a very large percentage of visits to the emergency rooms in the US. They make up for almost 30% of all reported cases to the emergency rooms. Such cases are normally of conditions that the doctors can put under control in a few minutes or hours. They still are a leading cause of deaths in the USA and their priority should be reconsidered especially for complications like pneumonia.
This is category makes up the majority of the reported cases in emergency rooms in the US. They make up more than 40% of all the visits made to emergency rooms. These are people suffering from conditions which can otherwise be treated in normal hospital wings but because the patient are alarmed or don’t have access to a hospital, the ring 911 and are brought to emergency rooms. These are conditions such as chest pains, fever, flu, mild abdominal pains, toothaches, earaches and many other normal infections. They are diseases that spook very many people but in reality, they are not as serious as they deem them to be. Credit to the masses that flock the emergency rooms to report these cases because no condition is too small for reporting. Using triage, these people are third on the serving lists and spend the highest numbers of hours waiting in line according to a recent study.
These are the patients who visit the emergency room for literally any form of pain or discomfort they feel in their body. This demographic consists mainly of young children and senior citizens in the community who cannot bear even the slightest of pains. These are people who come to the emergency rooms to report of trivial cases like sore thumbs, itchy skin or very minor cuts that will heal on their own. They are not as many and make up for about 10% of all emergency room visits.
Yes! Believe it or not, there are people who come to emergency rooms to consult and seek clarifications about medical conditions they are uncertain of. They make up quite a significant of visitors to emergency rooms in America. People with no ailments at all but suspicions and doubts make up about 5%-10% of all people that visit emergency rooms.
There you have it. Now you know the people that use emergency rooms in America. The emergency rooms are not meant for any specific demographic. They help save lives and also treat people with less serious illnesses.