HCUP 2010 NEDS database now available
The 2010 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) database (http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/nedsoverview.jsp) was released in early December. Yielding national estimates of emergency department (ED) visits, the NEDS is the largest all-payer ED database in the United States and contains information about geographic, hospital, patient, and visit characteristics. The NEDS is one of the databases in the family of products generated by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Select aggregated statistics from the 2010 NEDS can be accessed via HCUPnet (http://hcupnet.ahrq.gov), the free, online query system that yields statistics using HCUP data. For example, on HCUPnet, one can find that there were 128,970,364 ED visits in 2010, with 15.3% of them resulting in hospital admission. A trends query for the NEDS was added to HCUPnet, providing national trends on stays and diagnoses from 2006 to 2010.
The 2010 NEDS is available for purchase through the HCUP Central Distributor at http://hcup-us.ahrq.gov/tech_assist/centdist.jsp.