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Emergency Care in PA among best in the country

Updated: Friday, January 17 2014, 07:44 AM CST
Reported by: Jesse Knutson
Contributor: Sara Small (Sgsmall@local21news.com)

A new report released by The American College of Emergency Physicians ranks emergency medical care in the United States.
 
The country as a whole received a final grade of a “D ” for 2014, down from a “C-“ in 2009.
 
The District of Columbia was ranked at the top for emergency care with a grade of “B-“ when divided state-by-state and district-by-district, whereas Wyoming was ranked dead last with an “F” grade.
 
Pennsylvania landed in the top ten, with an overall grade of “C ” and a rank of 6 when compared to the rest of the country.
 
The report, which is released every five years, stresses that there is a lot of room to grow state-by-state, and category-by-category.
 
The categories used to determine the grades are access to emergency care, quality/patient safety, medical liability, public health/injury prevention, and disaster preparedness.
 
The state’s best grade, an “A” for quality and patient safety environment, improved slightly from fourth to third in the country. The study credited the high rank to statewide systems and policies in place for heart attack, stroke, and trauma patients.
 
On the other end, Pennsylvania earned an “F” for medical liability environment, dropping from 38th in the country to 43rd. The study found that Pennsylvania doesn’t provide enough legal protection and insurance availability when it comes to lifesaving care, and the number of malpractice cases increased in the state by more than 400%.
 
The study found one of the most positive movements for Pennsylvania came in the state’s access to emergency care. In 2009, the state received a “D-“ grade, ranking it 23rd in the country, but this year, that ranking has improved to second in the country. The study says that’s due to Pennsylvania having more health care providers for both children and adults than most other states.
 
In addition to revealing strengths and challenges for each state, the report also left recommendations.

For Pennsylvania, the report suggests that the state must adopt clear standards when it comes to providing emergency care.
 
To read the full report on Pennsylvania and the rest of the country, you can go to America’s Emergency Care Environment Report Card’s website: http://www.emreportcard.org.Emergency Care in PA among best in the country


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