Patients presenting at the emergency department with acute abdominal pain are less likely to be admitted to inpatient wards at times of access block: a registry study.

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Abstract

Also known as access block, shortage of inpatient beds is a common cause of emergency department (ED) boarding and overcrowding, which are both associated with impaired quality of care. Recent studies have suggested that access block not simply causes boarding in EDs, but may also result in that patients are less likely to be admitted to the hospital from the ED. The present study's aim was to investigate whether this effect remained for patients with acute abdominal pain, for which different management strategies have emerged. Access block was defined in terms of hospital occupancy and the appropriateness of ED discharges addressed as 72 h revisits to the ED.

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  • Helsingborg Hospital
  • Ystad Hospital
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  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Original languageEnglish
Article number78
JournalScandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Volume23
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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