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Title: Short-term unscheduled return visits of adult patients to the emergency department.
Authors: Verelst, Sandra
Pierloot, Sarah
Desruelles, Didier
Gillet, Jean-Bernard
BERGS, Jochen
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, 47 (2), p. 131-139
Abstract: Background Emergency department (ED) crowding is a major international concern that affects patients and providers. Study Objective We describe the characteristics of patients who had an unscheduled related return visit to the ED and investigate its relation to ED crowding. Methods Retrospective medical record review of all unscheduled related ED return visits by patients older than 16 years of age over a 1-year period. The top quartile of ED occupancy rates was defined as ED crowding. Results Eight hundred thirty-seven patients (1.9%) made an unscheduled related return visit. Length of stay (LOS) at the ED for the index visit and the LOS for the return visit (5 h, 54 min vs. 6 h, 51 min) were significantly different, as were the percent admitted (11.6% vs. 46.1%). Of these patients, 85.1% and 12.0% returned due to persistence or a wrong initial diagnosis, of their initial illness, respectively, and 2.9% returned due to an adverse event related to the treatment initially received. Patients presented the least frequently with an alcohol-related complaint during the index visit (480 patients), but they had the highest number of unscheduled return visits (45 patients; 9.4%). Unscheduled related return visits were not associated with ED crowding. Conclusion Return visits impose additional pressure on the ED, because return patients have a significantly longer LOS at the ED. However, the rate of unscheduled return visits and ED crowding was not related. Because this parameter serves as an essential quality assurance tool, we can assume that the studied hospital scores well on this particular parameter.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/17115
DOI: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2014.01.016
ISI #: 000339990300009
ISSN: 0736-4679
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2016
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