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OBJECTIVE The objective was to test the ability of the Brief Risk Identification for Geriatric Health Tool (BRIGHT) to identify older emergency department (ED) patients with functional and physical impairment. METHODS This was a cross-sectional study in which 139 persons > or = 75 years, who presented to an urban New Zealand ED over a 12-week period,(More)
We describe an innovative highly parallel application program, ParaDiS, which computes the plastic strength of materials by tracing the evolution of dislocation lines over time. We discuss the issues of scaling the code to tens of thousands of processors, and present early scaling results of the code run on a prototype of the BlueGene/L supercomputer being(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine mortality and morbidity associated with accidental poisoning in New Zealand for the period of 1993-97, and make comparisons with international trends. METHODS Poison Centre call data, and mortality and public hospital discharge data from the New Zealand Health Information Service were examined. Mortality and hospitalization rates were(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate adult presentations to North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand, following deliberate self-harm, determine re-presentation and suicide rates and investigate the characteristics of those patients who re-present. METHODS Retrospective review of a cohort of adult patients presenting to North Shore Hospital Emergency Care Centre in(More)
AIMS To report five cases of adverse effects associated with the ingestion of "Herbal Ecstasy" tablets and discuss possible mechanisms of toxicity. METHOD Composition of the "Herbal Ecstasy" tablets was determined by discussions with distributors and with MEDSAFE: Reference to relevant texts and an internet and Medline literature search was used to(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the percentage of Emergency Medicine patients using Complementary Therapies (CTs), to investigate what types of CTs are used most commonly, and to gauge the acceptability of studies of CT effectiveness in a hospital setting. METHOD Prospective cross sectional survey using a convenience sample of adult patients, presenting to the(More)
AIMS To describe medical cover and medical presentations at the four-day 1999 Sweetwaters Music Festival, and make comparisons with other festivals. METHODS All medical contacts were counted, and patients presenting to the medical tent were included in the study. Case records were studied to determine demographic data, nature of complaint, treatment and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate differences between paediatric patients with moderate to severe trauma admitted from two paediatric ED, with respect to: demographics, patterns of presentation, mechanism of injury, injury severity scores (ISS), interventions and outcome. METHOD Retrospective cohort study. Moderate to severe trauma was defined as ISS>9. Paediatric(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine previous computer training and current computer confidence of emergency medicine (EM) specialists and trainees, and to determine the accessibility of computer and Internet resources in New Zealand ED. METHODS A prospective, cross-sectional study of all New Zealand EM specialists and trainees between July 2005 and October 2005,(More)
Changes in shift work patterns have meant that patients presenting to a hospital fracture clinic for follow-up may see a different doctor on each visit. Clear clinical notes are essential in this setting, for both clinical and medico-legal reasons. We tried to improve documentation in the fracture clinic by using an education intervention followed by the(More)