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Emergency geriatric surgical admissions
Author(s)R Salem, P Devitt, J Johnson
Journal titleBritish Medical Journal, no 6134, 5 August 1978
Pagespp 416-417
KeywordsMedical wards ; Admission ; Over 70s.
AnnotationThe emergency surgical work load created by patients aged 80 and over in a district hospital was assessed and the results of treatment examined. Over one year 248 patients aged 80 or over were admitted as emergencies, and the overall mortality rate was 12.5%. These older patients had an average length of stay in the acute surgical ward of 14.7 days compared with a mean of 8.4 days for all patients. The study concluded that older patients did exacerbate the bed shortage in acute surgical wards because they tended to stay longer than younger patients. However, these older patients imposed only a small load on the inpatient geriatric services, as 78% were discharged straight to their own homes. (AKM).
Accession NumberCPA-930603056 A
ClassmarkLD4: QKH: BBK *

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