Gajera, Surilkumar (2021-01). Shock Trauma Facility. Master's Thesis. Thesis uri icon


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in 2019 that every year the U.S. receives 130 million patients in emergency department visits. Out of which 16.2 million patients visits result in hospital admissions and 2.3 million resulting in critical care admission. In Texas alone and in the year 2018, there were total of 11,193,621 hospital emergency department visits based on data received from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The trend showed an increase in emergency department visits of 2.6% from the previous years. Now if we look into the statistics of Houston alone, as of 2013 there were 40 documented emergency departments according to the American Hospital Association. That number increased to 70 in the year 2015. Total of 1,619,554 emergency department visits were made in the year 2015 in Houston, out of which 82.7% were made by the residents of Harris County alone. 34.5% of the visitors were children aged under 17 years and 24.4% of visits were made by adults aged 65 years and older. Out of those 24.4% visits by adults of 65 years and over resulted in hospitalization. Looking into genders, 54.6% were by females and 45.4% were by males.

publication date

  • January 2021