The latest pediatric urgent-care survey released today shows that more than half of adults in the U.S. have experienced a visit to a pediatric emergency room since the year 2000.
The survey found that almost three-quarters of adults have received at least one of the following: 1) a visit by a family member, friend, or caregiver; 2) a physician visit; or 3) a doctor visit at home or at a hospital emergency room.
The study also found that the most commonly attended pediatric emergency rooms in the United States were: 1.
Cleveland Clinic; 2.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; 3.
Childrens Medical Center in New York City.
Overall, the survey found an estimated 12 million children were hospitalized in the years 2000 through 2012 for pediatric emergency-room visits.
For example, nearly half of the adults surveyed in the study reported having a child who was hospitalized due to a condition such as pneumonia, gastroenteritis, or an acute infection.
Among those who had a child hospitalized, 60 percent had seen a pediatric doctor and 50 percent had attended a pediatric medical center.
In contrast, just 9 percent of adults reported seeing a pediatric nurse.
Overall in 2012, the United Kingdom had the most pediatric emergency department visits (4,744) followed by Canada with 3,936, the U of S with 3: 1,878, and the U-S with 1,715.
The United States, with its relatively high infant mortality rate, has seen an increase in pediatric emergency departments as children ages out of the hospital and begin to live independently.
In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under 18 are more likely to be hospitalized in emergency rooms, which is a significant problem.
The U.K. recently passed a law that will make it a felony to treat a child in a pediatric ward with any drug other than morphine.
In the United states, the most common reason children were admitted to a hospital was pneumonia, followed by diarrhea, ear infections, and dehydration.
There are many other reasons why a child is admitted to an emergency room, according with the American College of Pediatricians.
According to the AAP, an average of one in four children are admitted to the hospital for an emergency, and more than a quarter of children in the general population receive an emergency treatment in the first year of life.
The AAP notes that the number of pediatric emergency patients in the nation rose by 1.7 percent in the past decade, but the number admitted to emergency rooms is still increasing.
Many factors contribute to the increase in the number and severity of pediatric emergencies.
According with the AAP’s Pediatric Emergency Response Policy Statement, an increasing number of children are being hospitalized for non-accidental injuries such as falls, falls, and accidents.
The number of emergency room visits for these injuries is also increasing, with an estimated 2.6 million emergency room admissions in the year 2016, an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous year.
In addition, children are dying of preventable pediatric injuries, such as: • Children are more often hospitalized for respiratory infections such as coronavirus; • Children who are allergic to vaccines are hospitalized for influenza-related reactions; and • Children with serious illnesses, such to pneumonia or pneumonia-like illness, are hospitalized.
For children who die of preventably preventable conditions, the American Pediatric Society recommends that parents contact the pediatric emergency care provider or child care provider immediately for a medical evaluation.