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Resources by Topic: Emergency department and urgent care services

CDC COVID Data Tracker
Provides access to maps, charts, and data from the CDC on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and issues related to COVID-19. Includes data on cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for each county and cases and deaths nationally for metropolitan compared to nonmetro counties. Also covers many other topics at the state and national level, including vaccination, testing, demographics, emergency department visits, and more.
Additional links: COVID-19 Integrated County View, Trends in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the United States, by County-level Population Factors
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds: A Peer to Peer Virtual Community of Practice
Offers Project ECHO webinars on COVID-19 critical care, and emergency department and emergency medical services (EMS) care. Includes a list of links to previously recorded webcasts and other resources focused on COVID-19 related topics.
Additional links: Past Session Materials
Date: 04/2021
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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American College of Emergency Physicians: COVID-19
Information to assist with patient care during the response to COVID-19. Addresses clinical assessment and management, testing, emergency department issues, EMS issues, and more.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Emergency Physicians
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Health Care Utilization and Outcomes Associated with Accidental Poisonous Mushroom Ingestions — United States, 2016–2018
Examines emergency department visits and hospitalizations associated with accidental poisonous mushroom ingestion. Includes data on ED visits in 2016 by location of patient residence for metropolitan areas and for micropolitan and noncore (rural) areas.
Author(s): Jeremy A.W. Gold, Emily Kiernan, Michael Yeh, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(10), 337-341
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Trends in the Utilization of Emergency Department Services, 2009-2018
Examines emergency department (ED) utilization. Explores ED visits resulting in hospital admission, visits ending in release, and visits associated with mental health or substance use disorder diagnoses. Presents information on the patient, hospital, and payer characteristics for each of these three categories, including metropolitan status. Describes federal efforts to discourage inappropriate ED use.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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COVID-19 Hospital Encounters by Urban-Rural Location of the Hospital by Week From Selected Hospitals
Line chart showing hospitals' percentage of confirmed COVID-19 encounters among all emergency department or inpatient encounters. Includes data from March 2020 through November 2020 for large central and fringe metro areas, and medium and small metro areas, and through September 2020 for rural areas.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Opioid-Related Visits to Rural Emergency Departments
Explores the impact of the opioid crisis on rural emergency departments (EDs) in 2006 and 2013. Compares opioid-related ED visits in rural and urban hospitals, by type of opioid involved, and by year. Breaks down data by patient characteristics, comorbid diagnosis at admission, and outcome of ED visit.
Author(s): Erika C. Ziller, Jean A. Talbot, Deborah Thayer, Carly Milkowski
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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HRSA's Evidence-Based Tele-Emergency Network Grant Program: Multi-Site Prospective Cohort Analysis Across Six Rural Emergency Department Telemedicine Networks
Examines Evidence-Based Tele-Emergency Network Grant Program (EB TNGP) grantees' provision of telehealth services in rural emergency departments (teleED) in 11 states. Features data and statistics on teleED processes and patients' characteristics, chief complaints, severity of illness, and discharge status.
Author(s): Sarah Heppner, Nicholas Mohr, Knute Carter, et al.
Citation: PLoS One, 16(1), e0243211
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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Serving High Need/High Cost Patients in the Emergency Department
Provides an overview of high-need/high-cost (HNHC) patient program design, implementation, operation, and assessment for rural hospitals to improve participant health, reduce emergency department (ED) visits, and decrease hospital charges. Includes links to additional resources and HNHC patient program case studies.
Author(s): A. Clinton MacKinney, Christopher Stamy
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Emergency Department Visits Involving Influenza and Influenza-Like Illnesses, 2016–2018
Presents statistics on influenza-like illness (ILI)-related emergency department (ED) visits in 34 states and the District of Columbia from 2016 through 2018. Includes data by location of patient's residence for metropolitan, rural metropolitan-adjacent, and rural remote areas, as well as a state-by-state map indicating the patient residence location where the rate of ED visits was highest.
Author(s): Lawrence D. Reid, Kathryn R. Fingar
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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