Workload and casemix in Cape Town emergency departments
A total of 16392 patients presented in the eight week study, and 15681 were included in data analysis. One quarter were children. There were clear and predictable peaks in attendance after 1600 hours and at weekends, with a steady stream of patients presenting overnight. Patient severity was evenly distributed between Emergency, Urgent and Routine care. Nearly 10% of patients were referred on to a higher level of care.
The data of this study presents a model for staffing and resource allocation. It has implications for the provision of emergency care in CHC EDs.
Lee Alan Wallis, UCT & SU
Michele Twomey, UCT
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Date published: 2007-12-18
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