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The influence of quotations uttered in emergency service triage traffic and hospitalization (Quiet)

Christopher L. Norkus, Amy L. Butler, Sean D. Smarick

Abstract


This study aims to determine whether the use of the word, Quiet increases veterinary emergency service triage traffic or hospital admissions. Days  were randomized to be a control or test phrase day. On control days, the phrase, Have a nice day! was announced to the entire hospital staff. On test days, the phrase, Have a quiet day! was announced. No statistical difference in mean number of the patients presenting to the emergency service for triage (test phrase 30.1 ± 10.4 cases vs control phrase 30.3 cases ± 10.5, p = 0.91) or hospital admissions (test phrase 3.5 ± 1.9 cases vs control phrase 4.3 ± 2.4 cases, p = 0.13) was found for 24-h following phrase utterance. No statistical difference in mean number of patients presenting to the emergency service for triage (test phrase 2.7 ± 1.4 cases vs control phrase 2.6 ± 1.9 cases, p = 0.84) or hospital  admissions (test phrase 0.3 ± 0.5 cases vs control phrase 0.5 ± 0.8 cases, p = 0.08) was found in the 2-h window immediately following phrase  announcement. Despite popular myth, using the word, Quiet does not  increase veterinary emergency service triage traffic or hospital admissions.

Keywords: Critical Care, Emergency, Myth, Quiet, Superstition.




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