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U.S. Hospitals Have the Best E.R. Care for Kids,

Updated a long time ago.


There's been a back and forth of views about the state of pediatric emergency medicine recently in the Wall St Journal.Let me start first, actually, with the more recent statement, a rebuttal from Michael Gerardi M.D., FACEP, President of the American College of Emergency Physicians, in the form of a letter to the editor.

He wrote:

"Emergency care of children in the U.S. is the best in the world. Emergency physicians treat more than 22 million sick and injured children under age 15 each year, and the vast majority of them have good outcomes. If a child has a medical emergency, parents should get that child to the nearest emergency room and have confidence that they are receiving top-quality care in the right place from the right physicians."

It's "the best in the world." Is that an opinion? Where is the data to back that up?