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U.S. Gets a Bad Report Card in ER Care

January 9, 2009
by R News Staff
Rochester News On Demand

According to a new state-by-state report released by the American College of Emergency Physicians, our country's emergency care system is below average and is being made worse by the U.S. financial crisis.

And in another state report card, issued by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, efforts made to protect the U.S. from bio-terrorism, disease outbreaks and natural disasters are now at risk, due to budget cuts.

The report also concluded major gaps remain in many critical areas of preparedness, including handling of large ER patient loads, quickness of detecting diseases and food safety.

More than half of states and D.C. achieved a score of seven or less, out of 10 key indicators. Only five states: Louisiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin scored a perfect 10.

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