The acute sick and injured patients: an overview of the emergency department patient population at a Norwegian University Hospital Emergency Department.
Eur J Emerg Med. 2014 Jun;21(3):175-80
Authors: Langlo NM, Orvik AB, Dale J, Uleberg O, Bjørnsen LP
OBJECTIVES: There is a lack of knowledge of the emergency department (ED) population in Norway; hence, the aim of this study was to describe the ED patient population at a Norwegian University Hospital.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective data of all ED patients admitted to the main ED over a period of 2 months were collected. The patients' presenting complaint was registered using the International Classification of Primary Care-2 (ICPC-2).
RESULTS: A total of 3163 patients arrived in the ED during the study period. The majority (71%) of patients presented with a complaint that was defined as a symptom in ICPC-2. The most common symptoms were abdominal pain (13%), chest pain (13%), and dyspnea (9%). The complaints of the remaining patients (29%) were primarily traumas, infections, and other diagnoses.
CONCLUSION: ED patients have a diverse spectrum of presenting complaints and the majority of patients present with symptoms rather than a defined medical diagnosis.
PMID: 23680865 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]