Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-10

Do trauma patients have to wait longer in emergency department?


Department of General Surgery, Medical College, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Khaled Albazli
Medical College, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah
Saudi Arabia
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ssj.ssj_20_17

Rights and Permissions

Introduction: Trauma is a major health problem in Saudi Arabia and the number one cause of mortality. Tremendous effort is needed to improve the quality of care to decrease the burden of this health problem on national hospitals. To be able to establish a new trauma system, we need to have a better insight into the current level of care and practice. This study aims to shed light on trauma patients presenting to the largest emergency department (ED) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and determine the length of stay (LOS) for all trauma patients. Methodology: During the 31-day study period, 1984 trauma visits in Alnoor Specialist Hospital in Makkah have been analyzed. The LOS of all the patients presented to ED is calculated and then compared to the LOS of all nontrauma patients. Results: The analysis showed a significant increase in LOS of trauma patients. Several factors have been identified as the major causes of prolonged stay. A priceless insight of the current care provided to trauma patients is described in this study. Further efforts should be focused on the need of advanced trauma care to improve patient's care.


[FULL TEXT] [PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed388    
    Printed20    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded63    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal