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ED Visits Up 23% in 10 Years
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There were nearly 117 million patient visits to the nation’s emergency rooms in 2007, a 23% increase over a decade, or 39.4 visits per 100 persons, according to a new federal National Health Statistics Reports review.

The report quantified the leading reasons for visits for patients aged 65 or over as chest pain, shortness of breath, and abdominal pain. The leading reason for children’s ED visits was fever, cough, and vomiting. Lastly, the leading reason for visits among patients 15-64 was pain and abdominal pain.