Angel Dusters Hit the ED

Hospital emergency department visits related to phencyclidine, an illegal hallucinogen known as PCP or angel dust, soared more than 400 percent between 2005 and 2011.

Where Are the New Docs?

From 2008 to 2012, the number of practicing physicians in the United States increased by 40,140. Here are the top five states for raw growth and the top five for percentage growth:

Raw Growth
1. California 5,466
2. Texas 4,939
3. Florida 2,221
4. North Carolina 1,488
5. New York 1,450

Percentage Growth
1. Utah 12.86%
2. Texas 11.56
3. North Dakota 10.92
4. Colorado 9.60
5. Arizona 9.55

Source: Association of American Medical Colleges, 2013


Progress on MRSA

80,461: Number of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in the U.S. in 2011. That’s 30,800 fewer than in 2005.

54% decrease in hospital-onset MRSA between 2005 and 2011.

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, September 2013


CAHs: A Rural Essential

Critical access hospitals provide much-needed medical care to rural
communities across 46 states. Among the annual services they provide:

» 7 million patients treated in CAH emergency departments
» 38 million outpatient visits to CAHs
» 900,000 PATIENTS admitted to CAHs
» 86,000 BABIES delivered at CAHs

Source: American Hospital Association and U.S. Census Bureau, 2013