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Evaluation of the value of an observation ward in an emergency department.
Eur J Emerg Med. 1999 Mar; 6(1):49-53.EJ

Abstract

A prospective study was undertaken to describe the pattern of utilization of an observation ward in an emergency department (ED). During a 1-month study period, the following data were collected for all patients admitted to the observation ward: (1) patient demographics, (2) purpose of observation, (3) interventions at the observation ward, (4) disposal destinations, (5) disposal diagnosis, (6) outcome categories, and (7) duration of stay. A total of 12188 patients attended our ED and 1042 (8.51%) patients were admitted into the observation ward. An average of 34 patients was admitted into the observation ward each day. The age of the patients ranged from neonates to 94 years (mean age of 45.7 years, +/-25.7 SD). Sex distribution was almost equal. The diagnostic evaluation group was the largest (58%) followed by short-term therapy (38%) and psychosocial problems (3.5%). Of the 554 patients with a disposal diagnosis, 350 (59%) had their diagnosis clarified after the observation period. The percentage of patients admitted to the hospital was 23%. There were 42 chest pain and 46 trauma patients. The impact of an observation ward on the service in ED was discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Accident and Emergency Department, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Chaiwan, Hong Kong.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10340735

Citation

Yeung, K C., et al. "Evaluation of the Value of an Observation Ward in an Emergency Department." European Journal of Emergency Medicine : Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine, vol. 6, no. 1, 1999, pp. 49-53.
Yeung KC, Wong TW, Chan R, et al. Evaluation of the value of an observation ward in an emergency department. Eur J Emerg Med. 1999;6(1):49-53.
Yeung, K. C., Wong, T. W., Chan, R., & Lau, C. C. (1999). Evaluation of the value of an observation ward in an emergency department. European Journal of Emergency Medicine : Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine, 6(1), 49-53.
Yeung KC, et al. Evaluation of the Value of an Observation Ward in an Emergency Department. Eur J Emerg Med. 1999;6(1):49-53. PubMed PMID: 10340735.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Evaluation of the value of an observation ward in an emergency department. AU - Yeung,K C, AU - Wong,T W, AU - Chan,R, AU - Lau,C C, PY - 1999/5/26/pubmed PY - 1999/5/26/medline PY - 1999/5/26/entrez SP - 49 EP - 53 JF - European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine JO - Eur J Emerg Med VL - 6 IS - 1 N2 - A prospective study was undertaken to describe the pattern of utilization of an observation ward in an emergency department (ED). During a 1-month study period, the following data were collected for all patients admitted to the observation ward: (1) patient demographics, (2) purpose of observation, (3) interventions at the observation ward, (4) disposal destinations, (5) disposal diagnosis, (6) outcome categories, and (7) duration of stay. A total of 12188 patients attended our ED and 1042 (8.51%) patients were admitted into the observation ward. An average of 34 patients was admitted into the observation ward each day. The age of the patients ranged from neonates to 94 years (mean age of 45.7 years, +/-25.7 SD). Sex distribution was almost equal. The diagnostic evaluation group was the largest (58%) followed by short-term therapy (38%) and psychosocial problems (3.5%). Of the 554 patients with a disposal diagnosis, 350 (59%) had their diagnosis clarified after the observation period. The percentage of patients admitted to the hospital was 23%. There were 42 chest pain and 46 trauma patients. The impact of an observation ward on the service in ED was discussed. SN - 0969-9546 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10340735/Evaluation_of_the_value_of_an_observation_ward_in_an_emergency_department_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -