High mortality rates from medical problems of frequent emergency department users at a university hospital tertiary care centre.

@article{Salazar2005HighMR,
  title={High mortality rates from medical problems of frequent emergency department users at a university hospital tertiary care centre.},
  author={Albert Salazar and Ignasi Bard{\'e}s and Antoni Juan and Noem{\'i} Olona and Meritxell Sabid{\'o} and Xavier Corbella},
  journal={European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={12 1},
  pages={2-5}
}
BACKGROUND Frequent emergency department (ED) users are a nebulous group of patients. A high degree of psychiatric problems and higher than expected mortality from medical illness have been reported in this population. STUDY OBJECTIVES We sought to examine the pattern of ED use by adult patients identified as being heavy users of the ED, to examine their demographic characteristics and describe their clinical profile during a one-year period at one institution. METHODS This was a… CONTINUE READING

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