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The Scary Reason Healthy People Die After an ER Visit

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  • Nearly 10,000 people who visit an emergency room will die within the first seven days of their visit, and the elderly have a greater risk to suffer a disability in the six months following a visit
  • When admitted for sepsis, patients had a greater risk of death than those who did not have sepsis, and sepsis was responsible for up to 50 percent of deaths
  • Use strategies to help prevent visits to the emergency room and take defensive steps if you need to use emergency care, such as taking an advocate and choosing a hospital before it is needed

By Dr. Mercola

Throughout the U.S., there were over 130 million emergency room (ER) visits in 2013, 12.2 million of which resulted in hospital admission, or just over 9 percent. These numbers were a reflection of care prior to the Affordable Care Act that went into effect in 2013.


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