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Pediatr Emerg Care. 1998 Apr;14(2):112-5.

The epidemiology of pediatric visits to New Jersey general emergency departments.

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Department of Pediatrics, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the epidemiology of pediatric visits to the emergency departments (EDs) of 10 general hospitals by age and gender.

DESIGN:

Review of ICD-9 codes from the billing database of a practice of emergency physicians.

SETTING:

Ten hospitals in north/central New Jersey.

PATIENTS:

All children <18 years treated by group physicians in EDs of study hospitals.

INTERVENTIONS:

None.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Diagnoses and visits.

RESULTS:

There were 319,430 diagnoses recorded for 241,839 children (18.9% of the 1,277,233 total visits by all ages). The number of visits was highest in the <2 and >14 years age groups, with males predominating in all age groups. The number of visits from trauma increased with age. Otitis accounted for over 3% of all ED visits in this sample, over 7000 visits.

CONCLUSIONS:

Children account for a significant portion of ED visits in general hospitals. EDs need to be equipped and staffed to handle this clientele.

PMID:
9583391
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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