Journal article

Rates and reasons for emergency department presentations of patients wait-listed for public bariatric surgery in Tasmania, Australia

Alexandr Kuzminov, Stephen Wilkinson, Andrew J Palmer, Petr Otahal, Martin Hensher, Alison J Venn

Obesity Research & Clinical Practice | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Demand for bariatric surgery in the public hospital setting in Australia is high with prolonged wait-list times. Policy-makers need to consider the consequences of expanding public bariatric surgery including on emergency department (ED) presentations. AIMS: To describe and evaluate public ED presentation rates and reasons for presenting in a cohort of patients wait-listed for public surgery. METHODS: All Tasmanians placed on the public wait-list for primary bariatric surgery in 2008-2013 were identified using administrative datasets along with their ED presentations in 2000-2014. The presentations were assigned to one of three periods: before wait-list placement, whilst on the w..

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