According to a release, the state received failing grades, ranking near the bottom of the nation, in three out of five categories.
The two best grades
The Disaster Preparedness grade and 21st place ranking are improvements over the state's D+ and 41st place ranking in 2009. The state has instituted state or regional strike teams and begun enrolling health care professional in the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals and has the second highest rate of registered nurses who have receiving training in emergency preparedness.
The second failing grade for
"Emergency physicians typically interact with patients experiencing an acute medical or surgical event. Many of these interactions are secondary to the failure of patients to receive health maintenance services for chronic conditions in time to prevent acute exacerbations thereby leading to emergency department visits. Improving access to health maintenance services through investment in injury prevention and public health can positively affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of Texans" said Robinson. "
"America's Emergency Care Environment: A State-by-State Report Card 2014" evaluates conditions under which emergency care is being delivered, not the quality of care provided by hospitals and emergency providers. It has 136 measures in five categories: access to emergency care (30 percent of the grade), quality and patient safety (20 percent), medical liability environment (20 percent), public health and injury prevention (15 percent) and disaster preparedness (15 percent). While America earned an overall mediocre grade of C- on the Report Card issued in 2009, this year the country received a near-failing grade of D+.
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