Wen-Huei Lee

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BACKGROUND To validate the use of the Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) for predicting admission of patients revisiting the Emergency Department (ED) within 72 hours. METHODS Non-trauma patients aged above 17 years old who revisited an urban ED within 72 hours during January of 2004 were included in this retrospective observational study. Demographic data,(More)
We report a case of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) complicated by acute myocarditis and review the literature. A 65-year-old woman experienced DHF due to dengue virus serotype 3, complicated with acute myocarditis and acute pulmonary edema. Clinically this masqueraded as acute myocardial infarction, with an electrocardiographically depressed ST segment in(More)
To evaluate the value of helical computed tomography of the thorax (HCTT) as a definitive tool for diagnosing traumatic aortic injury, this study retrospectively examined 53 patients with blunt thoracic injuries and HCTT during a 5-year period. All CT scans were reviewed for direct signs of aortic injury and correlated with aortography or surgery.(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Tuberculosis (TB) is a worldwide health challenge. Emergency department (ED) is the major public access to the health care system. Delayed diagnosis of active pulmonary TB was believed to precipitate mortality and morbidity. The study was designed to investigate clinical characteristics and factors in patients with delayed diagnosis(More)
A Singapore airline crash in 2000 was the first documented mass casualty incident (MCI) caused by an aircraft disaster in Taiwan. This report reviews the emergency medical preparedness of the airport and examines its effects on the medical response during this incident. The anticipated benefits from the new MCI plan and prior medical preparedness were not(More)
The level of plasma leakage is mild to moderate in patients with non-shock dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF grade I and grade II), and the necessity of intravenous fluid replacement for these patients remains controversial. We conducted an observational study in adult patients (>18 years) with non-shock DHF admitted to a medical centre in southern Taiwan(More)
OBJECTIVES Differences in disposition between emergency physicians (EPs) have been studied in select patient populations but not in general emergency department (ED) patients. After determining whether a difference existed in admit/discharge decision making of EPs for general ED patients, we focus our study in examining the influence of EP seniority on the(More)
INTRODUCTION The adverse effects of delayed admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) have been recognized in previous studies. However, the definitions of delayed admission varies across studies. This study proposed a model to define "delayed admission", and explored the effect of ICU-waiting time on patients' outcome. METHODS This retrospective cohort(More)
BACKGROUND Foreign body (FB) ingestion is a common problem presenting to the emergency department (ED). The standard treatment, removal by endoscopy, is well established. However, some patients may refuse this invasive procedure due to their fear of an uncomfortable or painful experience. Obtaining hard evidence of potential complications of not having the(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to investigate barriers to surge capacity of an overcrowded emergency department (ED) for a foodborne disease outbreak (FBDO) and to identify solutions to the problems. DESIGN The emergency response of an overcrowded ED to a serious FBDO with histamine fish poisoning was reviewed. SETTING The ED of a tertiary(More)