Paediatric admissions at a tertiary Hospital in Kuala Lumpur-a case for a short-stay ward

Chong, L.A.; Lee, W.S.; Goh, A.Y.T. (2003) Paediatric admissions at a tertiary Hospital in Kuala Lumpur-a case for a short-stay ward. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 58 (1). pp. 89-93. ISSN 0300-5283

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    The profile of admissions staying less than 24 hours admitted to the paediatric wards of University Malaya Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, over a period of six weeks was reviewed to ascertain the need of a short-stay ward. Ninety-three (22) of the 428 admissions admitted during the study period were discharged within 24 hours, 56 (60) were discharged within 12 hours. Major categories of admissions were: elective investigative procedures (43), and emergency admissions (44). Reasons for emergency admissions: infections 42, minor trauma/cerebral concussion 25 and febrile/afebrile seizures 11. Only 20 required percutaneous oximetry monitoring and 2 required observations more frequently than 2 hourly. There may be a case for a short stay ward in a big paediatric unit in Malaysia.

    Item Type: Article
    1. Chong, L.A.
    2. Lee, W.S.(Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
    3. Goh, A.Y.T.
    Journal or Publication Title: Medical Journal of Malaysia
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Short-stay ward; paediatric admissions
    Subjects: R Medicine
    R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
    Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
    Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
    Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 08:19
    Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 08:19

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