Journal article

Examination of triage nurse text narratives to identify sports injury cases in emergency department presentations

Rebecca Mitchell, Caroline Finch, Soufiane Boufous, Gary Browne

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INJURY CONTROL AND SAFETY PROMOTION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

Narrative text can be a useful means of identifying injury in routine data collections. An analysis of data from a near real-time emergency department surveillance system (NREDSS) in New South Wales (NSW, Australia) was conducted to determine if sports injuries can be identified from routine narrative text recorded in emergency departments. Around one-third of all emergency department (ED) presentations during 1 September 2003 to 15 February 2007 were identified as injury-related. Narrative text searching of triage nursing assessments using keywords identified between 282 (i.e. football) and 26,944 (i.e. play) potential sports injury presentations depending on the selected sports-related key..

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