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Patients presenting at the emergency department with acute abdominal pain are less likely to be admitted to inpatient wards at times of access block: a registry study.

Blom, Mathias LU ; Landin-Olsson, Mona LU ; Lindsten, Martin LU ; Jonsson, F and Ivarsson, Kjell LU (2015) In Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 23.
Abstract
Also known as access block, shortage of inpatient beds is a common cause of emergency department (ED) boarding and overcrowding, which are both associated with impaired quality of care. Recent studies have suggested that access block not simply causes boarding in EDs, but may also result in that patients are less likely to be admitted to the hospital from the ED. The present study's aim was to investigate whether this effect remained for patients with acute abdominal pain, for which different management strategies have emerged. Access block was defined in terms of hospital occupancy and the appropriateness of ED discharges addressed as 72 h revisits to the ED.
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10.1186/s13049-015-0158-3
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  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {BioMed Central},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine},
  title        = {Patients presenting at the emergency department with acute abdominal pain are less likely to be admitted to inpatient wards at times of access block: a registry study.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13049-015-0158-3},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2015},
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