Who uses the emergency room services?
AbstractThis study aimed to clarify whether patients attending an emergency room generally had non-urgent problems. A study was made of 2841 patients attending the emergency room of Prince Zaid Ben Al-Hussein military hospital [south Jordan] over a 1-month period using data from the registration book. Patients were classified into four classes of urgency [life-threatening, urgent, non-urgent, trivial]. The attendees were mainly children [26.4%]. The admission rate was 3.2% and non-urgent conditions accounted for 91% of cases. Much of the use of emergency services was found to be inappropriate, a situation which should be changed
Abdallat, A.M., Al Samadi, I. & Abbadi, M.D. (2000). Who uses the emergency room services?. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 6 (5-6), 1126-1129, 2000 http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118979