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Title: Time-to-treatment for critically ill-polytrauma patients in Emergency Department
Authors: Μαρκοπούλου, Αικατερίνη
Αργυρίου, Γεώργιος
Χαραλαμπίδης, Ευστάθιος
Κουφοπούλου, Αικατερίνη
Νέστωρ, Αθανασία
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: Emergency department;Επείγοντα περιστατικά;Πολυτραυματίες;Polytrauma patient;Time-to-treatment;Emergency department length of stay (ED LOS);Injury severity score (ISS)
Subjects: Primary care (Medicine)
Issue Date: 18-Jul-2014
Date of availability: 18-Jul-2014
Abstract: Introduction: Initial management and diagnosis of polytrauma patients is provided in the Emergency Department (ED). The time needed for a trauma patient’s evaluation in the ED is called time-to-treatment and is equal with the patient’s ED length of stay (ED LOS). Purpose: The aim of this study was to estimate polytrauma patients’ time-to-treatment in the ED. Material and Method: The studied population consisted of 53 polytrauma patients aged over 14 years old with Injury Severity Score (ISS) >15 who were transported to the ED of a general hospital in Athens having complete the whole diagnostic procedure in the ED from 26/6/2010 until 6/2/2011. Demographic characteristics, vital signs, types of injuries and their severity (according to ISS and Revised Trauma Score - RTS), diagnostic tests and time intervals for each patient were recorded. Data analysis was performed with the statistical package SPSS ver. 17. Results: The mean age of study participants was 43±20 years; with ISS 23±8. Time interval for their transportation was 59±41 min, while time interval for their diagnosis in ED and their transportation to the appropriate department for further treatment was 372±232 min. Their ED LOS seemed to be affected in 61.9% by the number of medical specialists needed for each patient and the time needed for specialty consulting as well as the time needed for their diagnostic tests. Conclusions: It was concluded that polytrauma patients’ ED LOS, Saturation Pulse Oxygen (SpO2), Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP), ISS and RTS reflected on their chance of survival.
Description: Research article
Language: English
Citation: Makropoulou, A., Argyriou, G., Charalampidis, Efstathios, Koufopoulou, A., Nestor, A., Nanas, S., Marvaki, C.. (2013). Time-to-treatment for critically ill-polytrauma patients in Emergency Department. "Health Science Journal". 7 (1), 81-89.
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 7, Τεύχος 1 (Ιαν. - Μαρ. 2013)

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