Heather May from the Salt Lake Tribune reported some alarming statistics pertaining to the conditions in which Utah’s emergency care is provided. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), which rated all 50 states, Utah earned a C+ in comparison to the C- national average.
Although Utah is above the national average, there are still many aspects that need to be improved. For example, ACEP gave Utah poor ratings for its access to emergency care and preparation for disaster. These poor marks are the result of a large uninsured population within the state. Also, Utah has one of the nation’s lowest rates of registered nurses and staffed inpatient beds, which can lead to overcrowded emergency rooms. This is also leads to problems in Utah nursing homes.
However, Utah did receive some high ratings. According to ACEP, the state has an exceptional system for tracking and avoiding medical errors. We also have lower rate of health problems such as homicides and traffic fatalities compared to other states.