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South Dakota gets a "D+" for emergency care services

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A national group of doctors is giving most states failing grades for health care services.

South Dakota got an overall grade of "D+."

But some emergency care providers believe we can do our part to raise those scores.

This report by the American College of Emergency Physicians looks at many factors.

A high number of South Dakotans injured in car accidents is one of them.

Some might say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

And it could be the key to help raise those poor grades.

A report from a national group of doctors gives South Dakota a "D+" for emergency services but it's more than just healthcare getting low marks

Sanford USD Medical Center VP of Emergency Care Monica Huber said "I look at the report of not necessarily being an assement of just healthcare, I look at it of being an assessment of healthcare, public attitudes, our legislation, our enforcement of the culture of the state."

Accidents happen but what can we do to raise the grade for injury prevention?

"Seatbelt usage is another area compared to other states where our seat belt usage isn't where it should be and you compound that with the fact that you may be driving two hours or three hours away from a level one or level two trauma center and you've compounded your risks," Huber said.

No matter where you live in South Dakota, find out where your local emergency services are located.

"We do have a lot of wide open spaces where it's a long ways to any emergency room, much less learning some first aid for themselves so they can help fill that gap before the emergency medical providers come," Huber said.

But the way the report is written, we might never get an "A."

"There's certainly areas within the report that I think that we can take a look at and try to improve, some of that being the injury prevention.  I think we always have opportunities on things people can do to help themselves," Huber said.

A representative with the South Dakota Association of Health Care Organizations said it believes the report doesn't fairly address the high quality of health care we have here.

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