Correlation between Age, Emergency Department Length of Stay and Hospital Admission Rate in Emergency Department Patients Aged >= 70 Years

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Biber R, Bail HJ, Sieber C, Weis P, Christ M, Singler K
Zeitschrift: Gerontology
Verlag: KARGER
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2013
Band: 59
Heftnummer: 1
Seitenbereich: 17-22
ISSN: 0304-324X


Abstract

Background: Interdisciplinary emergency departments (EDs) are confronted with trauma and nontrauma patients of any age group. Length of stay (LOS) and admission rates reflect both disease complexity and severity. Objective: To evaluate LOS and admission rates in different age groups according to traumatic and nontraumatic etiologies. Patients and Methods: During May 2011 a total of 4,653 adult patients (defined as 6 18 years old) seen in the ED of our municipal hospital were evaluated for their primary problem, Emergency Severity Index, LOS and admission rate. 1,841 trauma patients (mean age: 51.9 years; SD 22.5 years) and 2,812 nontrauma patients (mean age: 60.0 years; SD 20.4 years) were included. Results: Median LOS in the ED was 1:41 h (trauma) and 1: 52 h (nontrauma). Trauma patients aged 6 70 years spent more time in the ED than nontrauma patients of this age group (patients aged 6 70 years median: 2: 08 vs. 1: 56 h; p < 0.0001). However, no significant difference was found in patients aged <70 years (1:33 vs. 1: 48 h; p = 0.64). Comparing older with younger patients, median LOS within the ED was about 8 min longer in nontrauma patients aged 6 70 years (p = 0.22) and about 35 min longer in trauma patients aged >= 70 years (p > 0.00001). Conclusions: The correlation between age and LOS is stronger for trauma patients, which might indicate a special need for geriatric expertise in elderly trauma ED patients. Thus an interdisciplinary approach including surgical and geriatric expertise may be advantageous. Copyright (c) 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel


FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Sieber, Cornel Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Innere Medizin (Geriatrie)


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Klinikum Nürnberg


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APA:
Biber, R., Bail, H.J., Sieber, C., Weis, P., Christ, M., & Singler, K. (2013). Correlation between Age, Emergency Department Length of Stay and Hospital Admission Rate in Emergency Department Patients Aged >= 70 Years. Gerontology, 59(1), 17-22. https://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000342202

MLA:
Biber, Roland, et al. "Correlation between Age, Emergency Department Length of Stay and Hospital Admission Rate in Emergency Department Patients Aged >= 70 Years." Gerontology 59.1 (2013): 17-22.

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