Characterizing emergency admissions of patients with sickle cell crisis in NHS brent: observational study.
|Title:||Characterizing emergency admissions of patients with sickle cell crisis in NHS brent: observational study.|
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Abstract:||OBJECTIVES: To characterize emergency admissions for patients with sickle cell crisis in NHS Brent and to determine which patients and practices may benefit most from primary care intervention. DESIGN: Observational study SETTING: Emergency departments attended by residents of the London borough of Brent PARTICIPANTS: Patients with sickle cell disease registered with a general practitioner (GP) in the borough of Brent MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Analysis of admissions between January 2008 and July 2010 that included length of stay (average and <2 days versus ≥2 days) by age group and registered GP practice. RESULTS: Thirty six percent of sickle cell disease admission spells resulted in a length of stay of less than two days. Seventy four percent of total bed days are associated with patients with more than one admission during the period of analysis, i.e. multiple admissions. Two general practices in Brent were identified as having the highest number of patients admitted to the emergency department for sickle cell crisis and may benefit most from primary care intervention. DISCUSSION: Patients with short length of stay and multiple admissions may be potentially amenable to primary care intervention. The practices which have the highest numbers of sickle cell disease patients who frequently seek emergency care will be earmarked for an education intervention designed to help further engage general practitioners in the care and management of their sickle cell patients.|
|Journal / Book Title:||JRSM Short Rep|
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|Appears in Collections:||Faculty of Medicine|
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