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Pitt study finds Medicare patients aren't getting the emergency injury treatment they need

from WESA-FM

A majority of medicare patients' injuries aren't being properly assessed in emergency rooms, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh. Researchers surveyed at total of 124,008 severely injured patients. They found that 68.9% of them were incorrectly triaged in the ER and were not sent to trauma centers, which are better equipped to treat these patients. Lead author Dr. Deepika Mohan, an associate professor in the department of critical care medicine at Pitt's medical school, said there are many possible reasons to explain the results. One is that Medicare patients are over 65 and therefore more prone to falls, which are often not recognized as serious. more

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