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[The medical emergency department in a Swiss regional hospital: the important role of generalists].

Authors
  • Arrigo, M
  • Bregenzer, T
  • Huber, L C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Praxis
Publication Date
Nov 16, 2011
Volume
100
Issue
23
Pages
1399–1402
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1024/1661-8157/a000720
PMID: 22086378
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Patients not having a general practitioner will more likely use the emergency departments (ED) of hospitals for primary care. Crowding of the ED due to patients with minor health problems is a growing burden. The present work was aimed to analyze data of ED consultations at a Swiss regional hospital. Leading diagnoses of ED consultations covered a broad spectrum of internal medicine. The majority of patients seen in the ED are «walk-in» patients with minor problems that after initial evaluation and treatment in the ED could be managed as outpatients. Pediatric patients made a considerable part of the workload. Elderly patients (>65 years) were hospitalized more often.

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