Nebraska’s hospital emergency rooms rank among the best in the country, according to a new study.
Dr. Jon Mark Hirshon, spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, says the national report card gave the country’s E-Rs a low grade of only a D+.
“I congratulate Nebraska because they got a B- overall and they’re actually 4th in the nation,” Dr. Hirshon says. “They’ve done a really nice job and that’s because overall, they got good grades in a number of different areas. They did well in disaster preparedness, in medical liability, in public housing injury prevention.”
Five categories were used to compile the state-by-state rankings and he says Nebraska ranked fourth in the nation behind Massachusetts, Maine and Washington D.C. He says even top-ranking states like Nebraska could always do better.
Hirshon says, “They still could use some improvement in access to emergency care and in quality of patient safety, but overall, I think they should be complemented on the good job that they’ve done.” The national study was last done in 2009.
“In Nebraska, last time they got a C+ with a rank of 5th in the nation overall,” Hirshon says. “This time, they’ve moved up to 4th overall and a B-, so they’re going in the right direction which is very nice.”
The report found there were more than 130-million emergency visits nationwide in 2010, or about 247 visits per minute. See the full report at www.emreportcard.org.