ERs: Prepare for anything

As many as 20 percent of Americans visit the ER annually.

Emergency rooms in hospitals need to be prepared for anything, so it's important that they have enough medical supplies on hand at all times. According to the New York Times, 20 percent of Americans visited the ER in 2007.

The source reported that both those who were insured and not made trips to their local hospital. That same year, 7.4 percent of the uninsured who made a visit were there at least two times throughout the year. People who received Medicaid returned to the ER more than once 15.3 percent of the time.

As of 2011, one in five Americans were still taking a ride to the ER. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 20 percent of U.S. adults needed treatment between 2010 and 2011. Again, Medicaid recipients were the most likely to go to the ER during this time.

Reasons for traveling to the ER can vary greatly. Some individuals are taken due to the occurrence of a traumatic accident, while others may not know where to turn when their fever spikes. This just calls for hospital staffs to keep an array of surgical supplies and other equipment available to the professionals.

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