ER closures raise deaths at nearby hospitals

August 5, 2014 4:48 PM

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ER closures raise deaths at nearby hospitals

(KHN.com) -- Emergency patients who are admitted to the hospital are at greater risk of dying if another emergency room at a hospital nearby has closed its doors, a new study of California hospitals has found.

The analysis is believed to be the first to examine the impact that emergency department closures have on the quality of patient care at other hospitals within the same service area.

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