Journal article

Waiting for definitive care: An analysis of elapsed time from decision to surgery or transfer in a rural centre

Hannah Dobson, Weranja KB Ranasinghe, Matthew KH Hong, Liliana N Bray, Manivannan Sathveegarajah, Fatima Vally, Francis J Miller

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the timing of operative management and interhospital transfer of emergency general surgical patients in a regional setting. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: The surgical unit at a major rural referral centre for North-Eastern Victoria servicing a population of 90 000. PARTICIPANTS: General surgical patients (n = 649) admitted via the emergency department at Northeast Health Wangaratta between January 2011 and March 2013 undergoing operative management (n = 608) or transfer to a tertiary centre (n = 44). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Timing of operative management, using appendicectomy as a benchmark operation, was measured as time from presentation to decision to o..

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