Journal article

Seeing primary care patients in emergency departments

M Bryant, G Tan

Emergency Medicine | Published : 1998

Abstract

Aims This study aims to quantify the number of perceived primary care patients attending an emergency department, to determine whether it was safe to send them away and to estimate the costs of treatment. Setting The Emergency Department, Ballarat Base Hospital, a major provincial hospital. Methods A prospective analysis of all attendances over a 14 day period, including the costs of managing primary care patients. Results One thousand and forty nine patients attended the emergency department during the study period. Data were complete for 858 patients. There was agreement between medical and triage staff that 263 patients were primary care patients. Triage staff considered 295 patients to b..

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