Journal article

Lower rates of appropriate initial diagnosis in older emergency department patients associated with hospital length of stay

Tee Juan Ong, Yohanes Ariathianto, Rabindra Sinnappu, Wen Kwang Lim

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

AIM: Emergency department (ED) doctors are under time pressure to expedite decision-making. This task would seem more difficult in older patients who present atypically, have multiple comorbidities and require more diagnostic tests. This study aimed to investigate the rate of appropriate initial diagnosis of older ED patients admitted under medical units, and whether time was a factor. METHODS: Retrospective review of all patients admitted under medical units from ED over a one-month period was conducted. RESULTS: Four hundred ninety-three records were reviewed. Mean time to ED review was 87 minutes, and to medical registrar review, 409 minutes. Overall rate of appropriate initial diagnosis ..

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