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Busy Emergency Rooms Have Lower Death Rates, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New research suggests that the busier the emergency room, the better your chances of survival.

While it may seem like chaos at a large, busy hospital would increase the risk of error, a University of Michigan study found that practice makes perfect, and that death rates at the nation's busiest emergency rooms are 10% lower than in the calmest.

And the numbers aren't just lower for gunshot and stab wounds-- researchers say death rates were 26% lower for sepsis patients and 22% lower for lung failure patients.

Overall, the study finds that if all emergency room patients were treated at the busiest hospitals, 24,000 fewer people would die every year.

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