Table 1Most frequent specific conditions admitted to the hospital through the emergency department, 2003

RankCondition (CCS code)Number of admissions through the EDPercentage of all cases admitted through the ED
2Congestive heart failure807,0005.0
3Chest pain702,4004.3
4Hardening of the arteries (coronary atherosclerosis)521,0003.2
5Heart attack (acute myocardial infarction)485,9003.0
6Chronic obstructive lung disease445,2002.7
7Stroke (acute cerebrovascular disease)436,1002.7
8Irregular heartbeat (cardiac dysrhythmias)425,8002.6
9Complications of procedures, devices, implants and grafts412,7002.5
10Mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder)387,5002.4
11Fluid and electrolyte disorders (primarily dehydration and fluid overload)375,9002.3
12Urinary infections361,3002.2
14Diabetes mellitus with and without complications325,8002.0
15Skin infections291,0001.8
16Infection of blood stream (sepsis)289,8001.8
17Gallbladder disease273,9001.7
18Gastrointestinal bleeding261,0001.6
19Hip fracture248,2001.5
Total admissions through the ED for the top 20 conditions8,578,10052.5

Note: The number of admissions through the ED have been rounded to the nearest hundred.

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2003. Admissions for pregnancy, childbirth, and newborns are excluded.

From: Reasons for Being Admitted to the Hospital through the Emergency Department, 2003

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