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

Published inSchweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift, vol. 135, no. 9-10, p. 145-150
Publication date2005
Abstract

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.

Keywords
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Frail Elderly
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Patient Admission
  • Patient Discharge
  • Switzerland
  • Triage
Citation (ISO format)
RUTSCHMANN, Olivier Thierry et al. Pitfalls in the emergency department triage of frail elderly patients without specific complaints. In: Schweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift, 2005, vol. 135, n° 9-10, p. 145–150. doi: 10.2005/09/smw-10888
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