Audit of an urban paediatric emergency department visits

  • Zohair J Gazzaz
  • Khalid O Dhafar
  • Othman Maimini
  • Mian Usman Farooq
  • Iftikhar Ahmad

Abstract

Background: This study aimed to highlight the health seeking behavior of children in an Emergency Department (ED). Materials and Methods: Retrospective files review of ED was done for the month of July, 2008. Data about the children ≤12 years of age was gathered. Results: In one month period a total 21000 patients visited our ED, out of them 6120 (29%) were children. Males, Saudis and children of (1‑6 years) were more frequent, i.e., 3540 (57.8%), 5760 (94.1%) and 3180 (52%), respectively. Majority of patients visited in shift “2”, i.e., 15:30 hours to 23:30 hours. Among the patients “diseases of respiratory system” were found more frequent 4170 (68.1%) and main diagnosis was “acute upper respiratory tract infection” 3300 (53.9%). Non‑urgent cases were 2020 (33%) while 244 (4%) were admitted. Conclusion: Young children as well as non‑urgent cases were predominant. Evening shift was the busiest one.

Keywords: Children, emergency, infection, respiratory tract

Nigerian Medical Journal | Vol. 53 | Issue 3 | July-September | 2012

Author Biographies

Zohair J Gazzaz
Department of Surgery, Directorate General of Health Affairs, Umm‑al‑Qurra University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Khalid O Dhafar
Department of Surgery, Directorate General of Health Affairs, Umm‑al‑Qurra University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Othman Maimini
Department of Surgery, Directorate General of Health Affairs, Umm‑al‑Qurra University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Mian Usman Farooq
Department of Health Research, Alnoor Specialist Hospital, Umm‑al‑Qurra University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Iftikhar Ahmad
Department of Paediatric Medicine, Umm‑al‑Qurra University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Published
2014-07-07
Section
Articles

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