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Ann Med Interne (Paris). 2001 Apr;152 Suppl 3:IS13-7.

[Referral of drug addicts "in crisis" seen in the emergency room].

[Article in French]

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Direction de la Politique M├ędicale, Mission SIDA-Addictions, AP-HP, 3, avenue Victoria, 75100 Paris RP.


This survey was conducted to estimate the number of drug addicts seen in emergency care units in the Paris hospitals for a drug-related crisis and to analyze subsequent dispatching decisions made over a 14-day period. Twelve polyvalent emergency units participated in the study. These units cared for 116 drug abusers in a crisis situation during the 14-day study period. After initial assessment, the emergency care physician proposed a transfer center in 74% of the cases. Proposed referral centers included: an ECIMUD (Coordination and medical care team for drug addicts) for 27% of the patients, a psychiatric outpatient clinic for 33%, a CSST (Specialized center for drug abusers) for 2% and hospitalization for 11%. After a second assessment by a psychiatrist or an ECIMUD physician, 53% of the patients with a second assessment were referred to an ECIMUD, 32% to a psychiatric outpatient clinic, and 6% to a CSST; 26% were hospitalized. This survey points out the eminent role of psychiatric outpatient clinics and ECIMUD teams in providing emergency care for drug abusers.

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