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Repeated ER Visits: Should There Be More Follow Up Care?

June 19, 20159 min
Are follow-up appointments always needed?If you've taken a trip to the hospital, you might feel like there's an overflow of patients which cause you to be treated and discharged as quickly as possible.However if there are complications following your treatment, you may have to make a second trip to the ER. New research is suggesting that it's actually more common for people to make repeated visits at the ER.Researchers looked at roughly 53 million ER visits where the patient was treated and sent home between 2006 and 2010, the latest available data. About eight percent of patients returned within three days, and one in five patients made a repeated visit within the month.Does this mean that follow-up appointments should be made?Dr. Juan Fitz shares why there's so many repeated ER visits and if ER follow-up appointments are necessary.

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