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Importance of a computerised records system in observation units of Hospital Emergency Departments

Alonso Formento E, Calpe Gil MJ, Ros Tristán CM, Garzarán Teijeiro A, Martínez Burgui JA, Galve Royo F

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Emergency Department. Hospital “Obispo Polanco”. Teruel, Spain.

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Alonso Formento E, Calpe Gil MJ, Ros Tristán CM, Garzarán Teijeiro A, Martínez Burgui JA, Galve Royo F. Importance of a computerised records system in observation units of Hospital Emergency Departments. Emergencias. 2008;20:35-40

Summary

Aims: To assess the value of using an electronic medical record in the emergency department

observation unit, and to describe the different types of data records in hospital

emergency department observation units of Spain.

Methods: Retrospective observational study to review the activity data recorded in our

hospital observation unit during the last three years. A telephone survey in 183 hospital

emergency departments was also performed, and we obtained information on different

types of data records for patients admitted in the observation unit.

Results: From 2004 to 2006 9536 patients (10,46% patients admitted) were transferred

to our hospital observation unit. The most common diagnoses of these patients

were respiratory disease, abdominal and chest pain. The average length of stay of these

patients in this area was 9 hours and 20 minutes. Among the 183 hospital emergency

departments surveyed, the observation unit was absent in 6,01%, there was a

complete electronic data record in 10,47%, and data record lacked in 8,72%.

Conclusions: Currently, electronic data records are not widely used in Spanish emergency

department observation units. Medical activity at the observation units must be

recorded, assessed and evaluated periodically, in order to help to predict the need of

medical resources and develop quality markers.

 

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