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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 13(1); 2002 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2002;13(1): 12-18.
Experience after the Opening of the Gwangju Wide Regional Emergency Medical Center
Joon Sun Wi, Yeong Yoon Yoon, Byeong Jo Chun, Han Deok Yoon, Tag Heo, Yong Il Min
Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea. minyi@chonnam.ac.kr
ABSTRACT
PURPOSE:
As Gwangju Wide Regional Emergency Medical Center was newly opened during February 2001, a comparative analysis was performed of patients who had visited the emergency department before and after the opening in order to measure the difference and to provide basic data for its management.
METHODS:
The 9,995 patients who had visited between February 1, 1999, and July 31, 1999, before the opening and the 12,457 patients who visited between February 1, 2001, and July 31, 2001, after its opening were compared according to sex, age, non-trauma or trauma, means and form of visit, attending department, length of stay in the emergency department, form of discharge, and time of death verification (dead-on-arrival (D.O.A) versus deadafter-arrival (D.A.A)).
RESULTS:
The total number of patients increased by 24%. The admission rate was 31.8% before the opening and 40.6% after the opening; the mean length of stay in the emergency department was 15.7 hours before the opening and 12.2 hours after the opening. The mean length of stay of admitted patients decreased from 26.6 hours before the opening to 18.3 hours after the opening.
CONCLUSION:
The decrease in the mean length of stay in the emergency department from 15.7 hours before the opening to 12.2 hours after the opening is viewed as a positive result, but is still not satisfactory. Accordingly, it is considered urgent that every clinical department take an active part in improving circulation of patients both in the Emergency Intensive Care Unit (EICU) on the second floor and in the emergency ward on the fifth floor, as well as in providing rapid medical care and decisions on treatment strategies in the emergency department on the first floor.
Key words: Regional Emergency Medical Center, Length of stay
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