Retrospective evaluation of hospitalization time and seasonal admission of patients with thoracic injuries to the Hospital Emergency Department

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Marcin Cierniak, Maciej Gardoń, Dariusz Timler, Wiesława Trendak, Tomasz Gaszyński

4 (41) 2014 s. 269–272
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Fraza do cytowania: Cierniak M., Gardoń M., Timler D., Trendak W., Gaszyński T. Retrospective evaluation of hospitalization time and seasonal admission of patients with thoracic injuries to the Hospital Emergency Department. Polski Przegląd Nauk o Zdrowiu. 2014;4(41):269–272.

Introduction. Thoracic injuries that require hospital treatment can be caused by traffic accidents, falls from height, gunshots and other mechanisms. Two thirds of the patients, who have sustained potentially fatal thoracic injuries, arrive at the admission room alive and only 15% of them require surgical intervention. Aim. In the conducted analysis the authors evaluated hospitalization time in the Emergency Department, seasonal admission and checked which wards the patients were admitted to after the wounds had been dressed and they had been diagnosed in the Emergency Department. Material and methods. Retrospective statistical analysis of the gathered data, i.e. medical records of patients of the Emergency Department of the M. Kopernik Voivodeship Specialist Hospital in Łódź in 2009–2010. The authors analysed the total number of 346 medical records (203 from 2010 and 143 from 2009) of the patients. The clinical condition was evaluated with the application of the RTS score (RTS). Results. The mean hospitalization time in the Hospital Emergency Department in the studied population was 6 h 53 min in 2009. In 2010 this time was shorter and – 6 h 21 min. In a group of patients with severe thoracic injuries the mean hospitalization time in 2009 was 6 h and one year later it was only 4 h. Conclusions. The mean hospitalization time in the Hospital Emergency Department has got shortened despite an increase in the number of patients in 2010.

Key words: seasonal admission, thoracic injuries, Hospital, Emergency Department.



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