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The Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency room sign is shown in this file photo from 2008.

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Is the emergency room always necessary?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( notes that annually about 20 percent of adults make at least one visit to a hospital emergency department. Of the roughly 130 million visits each year to emergency rooms, fewer than 10 percent result in an inpatient stay.


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