Influence of delays on perforation risk in adults with acute appendicitis.

@article{Kearney2008InfluenceOD,
  title={Influence of delays on perforation risk in adults with acute appendicitis.},
  author={David E. Kearney and R A Cahill and Edward M O'brien and William Oliver Kirwan and Henry Paul Redmond},
  journal={Diseases of the colon and rectum},
  year={2008},
  volume={51 12},
  pages={1823-7}
}
PURPOSE This study analyzed whether prehospital or in-hospital delay was the more significant influence on perforation rates for acute appendicitis and whether any clinical feature designated patients requiring higher surgical priority. METHODS A retrospective analysis was conducted over one year at a tertiary referral hospital without a dedicated emergency surgical theater. Admission notes, theater logbook, and the Hospital Inpatient Enquiry system were reviewed to identify the… CONTINUE READING

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