Millions of older adults make infectious disease-related emergency department visits each year
Investigators estimate that during 2012, there were more than 3.1 million emergency department visits for infectious diseases among elderly U.S. adults. This accounted for 13.5 percent of all emergency department visits of elderly adults, which was higher than visits for heart attacks and congestive heart failure combined. The rate of infectious disease-related emergency department visits was 7,231 per 100,000 elderly adults. The most common diagnoses were lower respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and septicemia.
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