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12 / 06 / 2023

 


Characteristics and outcomes of older patients in the emergency department

Osama Mohammed Binbakheet, Athar Mohammed A. Arishi, Maha Meshal AlNefaei, Maryam Omran A. Alsaffar, Sarah Ahmed Alghamdi, Farah Ahmed Alghamdi, Dalia Omar Khoj, Mujtaba Jameel Abdulameer Alhalwachi, Fedaa Abdulemam Abdulla Mansour Setaih, Abrar Mansour W. Almehmadi.


Abstract
Background: Less is known about patients classified as “less acute” during triage, although elderly patients in the emergency department (ED) are a high-risk population. Our study concentrated on the outcomes of patients aged 65 and older with low acuity triage evaluations.
Methods: This health records study assessed ED patients and controls with a Canadian Triage Acuity Scale score of 4 or 5 and age 65 or older. The information collected covered patient demographics, ED management, disposition, and a subsequent visit or hospital admission after 14 days. Chi-square testing and descriptive analysis of the data were both performed.
Results: A stratified analysis plan was performed on patients aged 65-74, 75-84, and 85 years or older. The elder cohort had an average age of 77.4 years (range 64 to 99), while the control group of adults aged 39-54 had a mean age of 46.2 years. Most patients (86.3% older, 93.8% control) were prioritized and sent to the ED’s ambulatory care unit. 11.1% of patients in the older cohort were triaged and then sent to an isolated stretcher area. Emergency medical services brought an elderly patient who had fallen and was being transferred on a backboard to the acute monitored area of the department. The elder cohort’s likelihood of hospital admission was considerably higher (p = 0.017).
Conclusion: The present study shows that even “low acuity” older individuals risk returning and being admitted within 14 days after visiting the ED.

Key words: Emergency department, elderly patients, outcome, characteristics.


 
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Binbakheet OM, Arishi AMA, AlNefaei MM, Alsaffar MOA, Alghamdi SA, Alghamdi FA, Khoj DO, Alhalwachi MJA, Setaih FAAM, Almehmadi AMW. Characteristics and outcomes of older patients in the emergency department. IJMDC. 2023; 7(10): 1333-1338. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1684217569


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Binbakheet OM, Arishi AMA, AlNefaei MM, Alsaffar MOA, Alghamdi SA, Alghamdi FA, Khoj DO, Alhalwachi MJA, Setaih FAAM, Almehmadi AMW. Characteristics and outcomes of older patients in the emergency department. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=153466 [Access: July 17, 2024]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1684217569


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Binbakheet OM, Arishi AMA, AlNefaei MM, Alsaffar MOA, Alghamdi SA, Alghamdi FA, Khoj DO, Alhalwachi MJA, Setaih FAAM, Almehmadi AMW. Characteristics and outcomes of older patients in the emergency department. IJMDC. 2023; 7(10): 1333-1338. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1684217569



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Binbakheet OM, Arishi AMA, AlNefaei MM, Alsaffar MOA, Alghamdi SA, Alghamdi FA, Khoj DO, Alhalwachi MJA, Setaih FAAM, Almehmadi AMW. Characteristics and outcomes of older patients in the emergency department. IJMDC. (2023), [cited July 17, 2024]; 7(10): 1333-1338. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1684217569



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Binbakheet, O. M., Arishi, . A. M. A., AlNefaei, . M. M., Alsaffar, . M. O. A., Alghamdi, . S. A., Alghamdi, . F. A., Khoj, . D. O., Alhalwachi, . M. J. A., Setaih, . F. A. A. M. & Almehmadi, . A. M. W. (2023) Characteristics and outcomes of older patients in the emergency department. IJMDC, 7 (10), 1333-1338. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1684217569



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Binbakheet, Osama Mohammed, Athar Mohammed A. Arishi, Maha Meshal AlNefaei, Maryam Omran A. Alsaffar, Sarah Ahmed Alghamdi, Farah Ahmed Alghamdi, Dalia Omar Khoj, Mujtaba Jameel Abdulameer Alhalwachi, Fedaa Abdulemam Abdulla Mansour Setaih, and Abrar Mansour W. Almehmadi. 2023. Characteristics and outcomes of older patients in the emergency department. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 7 (10), 1333-1338. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1684217569



Chicago Style

Binbakheet, Osama Mohammed, Athar Mohammed A. Arishi, Maha Meshal AlNefaei, Maryam Omran A. Alsaffar, Sarah Ahmed Alghamdi, Farah Ahmed Alghamdi, Dalia Omar Khoj, Mujtaba Jameel Abdulameer Alhalwachi, Fedaa Abdulemam Abdulla Mansour Setaih, and Abrar Mansour W. Almehmadi. "Characteristics and outcomes of older patients in the emergency department." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 7 (2023), 1333-1338. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1684217569



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Binbakheet, Osama Mohammed, Athar Mohammed A. Arishi, Maha Meshal AlNefaei, Maryam Omran A. Alsaffar, Sarah Ahmed Alghamdi, Farah Ahmed Alghamdi, Dalia Omar Khoj, Mujtaba Jameel Abdulameer Alhalwachi, Fedaa Abdulemam Abdulla Mansour Setaih, and Abrar Mansour W. Almehmadi. "Characteristics and outcomes of older patients in the emergency department." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 7.10 (2023), 1333-1338. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1684217569



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Binbakheet, O. M., Arishi, . A. M. A., AlNefaei, . M. M., Alsaffar, . M. O. A., Alghamdi, . S. A., Alghamdi, . F. A., Khoj, . D. O., Alhalwachi, . M. J. A., Setaih, . F. A. A. M. & Almehmadi, . A. M. W. (2023) Characteristics and outcomes of older patients in the emergency department. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 7 (10), 1333-1338. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1684217569





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