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Pain is the most common symptom in the emergency setting and remains one of the most challenging problems for emergency care providers, particularly in the pediatric population. The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of acute pain in children attending emergency departments (EDs) in Ireland by ambulance. In addition, this study(More)
Emergency Department overcrowding with admitted inpatients is a common international occurrence. We undertook a retrospective review to compare patient admission rates from patients presenting to our Emergency Department with the level of overcrowding with admitted inpatients on that particular day in the Emergency Department. Over the 2-year study period(More)
BACKGROUND Emergency department (ED) overcrowding with boarders and waiting times are a significant concern in many countries. OBJECTIVE We aim to show the relationship between boarders in the ED and the percentage time to disposition in under 6 h for our ED patients. METHOD A review was carried out to show the percentage of patients presenting to the(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the use of a standard hospital glove, inflated as a balloon with a face drawn on it, as a distraction technique in children with an acute injury. METHODS We designed a study to assess the 'best' way to orientate the glove when drawing a face on it. A prospective study was performed in the authors' institution, where all children(More)
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