Pitfalls in the emergency department triage of frail elderly patients without specific complaints.

@article{Rutschmann2005PitfallsIT,
  title={Pitfalls in the emergency department triage of frail elderly patients without specific complaints.},
  author={Olivier T Rutschmann and T Chevalley and Catherine Zumwald and Christophe Luthy and Bernard Vermeulen and François Pierre Sarasin},
  journal={Swiss medical weekly},
  year={2005},
  volume={135 9-10},
  pages={
          145-50
        }
}
QUESTION UNDER STUDY Elderly patients represent an increasing proportion of emergency department (ED) admissions. When no specific complaint is identified, the reason for referral is commonly called "home care impossible". The aim of this study was to describe a population of elderly patients who present to the ED of a 1200-bed university hospital without specific complaint, and to assess how they were evaluated in the ED. METHODS Data on triage, mode of admission and discharge were collected… CONTINUE READING

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