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HNO. 2012 Dec;60(12):1060-6. doi: 10.1007/s00106-012-2634-7.

[Interdisciplinary emergency departments : first experiences from the ENT and head and neck perspective].

[Article in German]

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Klinik und Poliklinik für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde/Chirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Str. 25, 53105, Bonn, Deutschland. tobias.vanbremen@ukb.uni-bonn.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Centralized emergency departments are becoming a major source of health care in Germany. In this study, we evaluated the importance for ENT health care.

METHODS:

In a retrospective study, all ENT emergency patients between May and July 2011 were characterized by diagnosis, therapy, and urgency (measured using the Manchester Triage System [MTS]). General epidemiological data from the emergency department were recorded between 2009 and 2011.

RESULTS:

Between 2009 and 2011, 50,699 patients were treated in the centralized emergency department of the University Hospital Bonn. A total of 15,658 (30.8%) needed ENT health care. During May 2011 to July 2011, ENT emergency patients had not only a wide variety of diseases but also a broad range of ages (0-98 years). Using the MTS, emergency patients (4% acute emergencies) were identified and urgency was determined prior to first contact with the physician.

CONCLUSION:

ENT emergency care plays an important role for centralized emergency departments. Most of the patients have ENT diseases treatable as an outpatient in a single visit. MTS can be used to determine the appropriate level of urgency.

PMID:
23202861
DOI:
10.1007/s00106-012-2634-7
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