In a new story from U.S. News & World Report, new research has shown that rural emergency rooms have lower mortality rates than urban emergency rooms, with rural ERs effectively diagnosing and treating patients quickly.

From the story: “The rural emergency department system functions well for discrete conditions that can be quickly diagnosed and approached for treatment and, if necessary, transferred,” said senior study author Dr. Keith Kocher, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine-University of Michigan.

“We initially expected to see a more significant difference in mortality, as rates for inpatients are often higher at rural hospitals. However, the findings indicate these critical points of access for care are doing well for the patients they serve, even though they are frequently not resourced like peer institutions in metropolitan areas,” Kocher said in a university news release.”

According to the study, published in JAMA Network Open this November, 30-day death rates at rural ERs were 3.9%, while urban ERs rates were 4.1%. But patients who did not receive a specific diagnoses had a higher death rate than in urban ERs.

To read the study on JAMA, click here.

To read the rest of the story from U.S. News, click here.

SOURCE: www.usnews.com