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Paediatric Emergencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors
  • Lázaro Carreño, María Isabel1
  • Barrés Fernández, Ana1
  • Quintero García, Diannet1
  • Ferrer Ferrer, Jesús1
  • Fernández González, Ignacio1
  • Monfort Belenguer, Lucia1
  • Iniesta González, Sergio1
  • Moreno Palomino, Angela1
  • Sahuquillo, Silvia Carbonell1
  • Cuevas, Francisco José Sebastián1
  • 1 Universitat de València, Valencia, Spain
Type
Published Article
Journal
Global Pediatric Health
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Feb 10, 2021
Volume
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/2333794X21989528
PMID: 33623811
PMCID: PMC7878947
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Original Research Article
License
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Abstract

The state of alarm decreed by the Spanish Government, due to the Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic, has demanded the lockdown of children and has conditioned a new organization of the Emergency Departments (ED). A pre-triage station and 2 independent circuits were established: suspected COVID-19 and not suspected COVID-19 . The ED visits decreased 84,5% from pre-alarm with no increase in the level of urgencies. During the alarm state, 40.97% of the children were classified as suspected COVID-19 . Fever and respiratory symptoms, used as discriminators, generated 2 groups of patients with different characteristics. Although the interruption of sports activities and isolation of children at home contributed to the decrease in emergencies, it was also probably conditioned by adults’ fear of contagion, who avoided going to the hospital in situations that would never have really required ED and resolved themselves in primary care or spontaneously.

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