Alshammari Mohammed Hamdan
Monash University, Australia
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Orthop Muscular Syst
Saudi Arabia spends $6 billion per year on the management of road traffic accidents (RTAs). With approximately 19 deaths a day due this cause, Saudi roads are among the most dangerous in the world. Of those who survive, 50% have a major injury and 50% have a minor injury manageable with a brief period of hospitalization and can be discharged directly to home from the Emergency Department (ED). The aim of the study is to explore the approaches to discharge planning from the ED for limb injury for the first time and determine if it is systematic, evidence based and an efficient use of health services. A mixed methods design was utilized, a survey was distributed to patients (n=302) and orthopedic plaster nurses were interviewed. The key findings were not surprising, as discharge preparation rating went down, there was a higher likelihood for unplanned ED return (p<0.01). Further, verbal instructions in the participants├ó┬?┬? own language rated higher compared to other type of instructions. Discharge from nurses and doctors had significantly higher discharge preparation rating. It can also be concluded that, as age increases returning to ED increases and the chances of females are more to return to ED than males.
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