Data Brief, No. 301. Emergency Department Visits by Patients Aged 45 and Over With Diabetes: United States, 2015.
This data brief presents data on ED visits by patients aged 45 and over with diabetes, defined as visits for which diabetes is mentioned as either a diagnosis or as one of a set of conditions that the patient is reported to have. In 2015, 12 million ED visits were made by patients aged 45 and over with diabetes, accounting for around one-quarter of all ED visits by patients aged 45 and over. The diabetes ED visit rate was 92 per 1,000 persons for patients aged 45 and over, which was about 6 times higher than the diabetes ED visit rate for those under age 45 (16 per 1,000 persons). The percentage of all ED visits made by patients aged 45 and over with diabetes was highest for those aged 65–74, followed by 75 and over, and then by those aged 45–64 in all years from 2010 to 2015. The percentage of all ED visits made by patients with diabetes increased from 2010 to 2015, with the largest increases occurring from 2013–2015 in all age groups. The diabetes ED visit rate for those 75 and over was more than twice the rate for those aged 45–64. About one-quarter of the diabetes ED visits for those aged 45–64 had Medicare as the primary expected source of payment compared to 14% of visits for patients aged 45–64 without diabetes. A higher percentage of diabetes ED visits for those aged 45 and over ended in hospital admission (28%) than non-diabetes ED visits (17%). Data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey were used for this analysis.