North Carolina merited a C grade for emergency care in hospitals, one of the higher-ranking states in the country and well above the national average, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.
The state ranked 13th nationally overall in emergency care. North Carolina was dinged for long wait times at hospital emergency rooms, a shortage of psychiatric beds and for a reduction in the number of doctors accepting Medicare patients.
The national average was D+, down from a C– five years ago, according to the emergency physicians organization.
North Carolina’s grade in 2009 was a C–. Even as it rose overall, though, the state fell in several areas, such as disaster preparedness. The group noted that only a third of registered nurses in the state have received training in disaster preparedness; the national average is about 40 percent.
The highest rank nationally went to the District of Columbia, which received a grade of B–. Wyoming, the lowest-ranking state, got an F.