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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 129-131

Audit of an urban paediatric emergency department visits

1 Department of Health Research, Alnoor Specialist Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Surgery, Directorate General of Health Affairs, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Paediatric Medicine, Umm-al-Qurra University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mian Usman Farooq
Health Research Centre, Alnoor Specialist Hospital, Development and Planning Department, King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0300-1652.104380

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Background: This study aimed to highlight the health seeking behavior of children in an Emergency Department (ED). Materials and Methods: Retrospective files review of ED was done for the month of July, 2008. Data about the children ≤12 years of age was gathered. Results: In one month period a total 21000 patients visited our ED, out of them 6120 (29%) were children. Males, Saudis and children of (1-6 years) were more frequent, i.e., 3540 (57.8%), 5760 (94.1%) and 3180 (52%), respectively. Majority of patients visited in shift "2", i.e., 15:30 hours to 23:30 hours. Among the patients "diseases of respiratory system" were found more frequent 4170 (68.1%) and main diagnosis was "acute upper respiratory tract infection" 3300 (53.9%). Non-urgent cases were 2020 (33%) while 244 (4%) were admitted. Conclusion: Young children as well as non-urgent cases were predominant. Evening shift was the busiest one.

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