Impact of triage in accident and emergency departments in Bahrain
AbstractWe aimed to assess the impact of triage by physicians on the workload and expenditure of the Accident and Emergency [AE] Department of Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. We analysed three sets of data: patient visits to the AE Department over a 9-month period; patient visits 1 year previously; and forecast patient visits over 9 months starting from July 1999. The referral of patients to AE cubicles was reduced by 54.4% after the implementation of the triage, and reduction in the workload was statistically significant. The reduction in health care expenditure was estimated at between 15.3% and 17.3%. We conclude that triage by physicians can be cost-effective and can reduce the AE Department workload, freeing more time to manage life-threatening and urgent cases
Fateha, B.E. & Hamza, A.Y. (2001). Impact of triage in accident and emergency departments in Bahrain. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119093
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 7 (4-5), 812-818, 2001
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