In this large retrospective analysis of ED admission trends from 1993 to 2006, overall hospital admissions increased 15%, but ED admissions increased 50%; the proportion of all admissions from the ED increased from 34% to 44% of all admits. This likely reflects the shrinking ability of PCPs to address acute conditions in an office setting, some with limited diagnostic capabilities, and a trend that is likely to continue (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.