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common emergency department patient presentations

Metropolitan emergency department adult presentations

top ED triage symptom codes

  • abdominal pain = 4.7%
  • other = 4.1%
  • chest pain = 4%
  • shortness of breath = 3.5%
  • laceration = 3.2%
  • generally unwell = 2.7%
  • antepartum bleeding = 2.7%
  • injury leg or foot = 2.7%
  • nausea or vomiting = 2.7%
  • headache = 2.1%
  • urinary complaint = 1.9%
  • dizzy / light headed = 1.8%
  • collapse / fall = 1.7%
  • other gynae = 1.7%
  • injury digits = 1.6%
  • eye problems = 1.5%
  • injury forearm or wrist = 1.5%
  • injury lower back = 1.5%
  • RIF pain = 1.4%

top ED diagnoses as coded

  • abdominal pain - no final diagnosis, or gastritis, epigastric pain but excl. biliary, pancreatic, appendicitis or pelvic = 5.3%
  • open wounds = 4.8%
  • fractures = 4.5%
  • sprain or strain = 4.5%
  • chest pain excl. probable or actual angina/ACS but including GOR = 3.8%
  • miscarriage or ectopic related = 3.6%
  • viral infection including influenza but excl. LRTI or COPD or asthma = 2.4%
  • gynaecologic - menorrhagia, pelvic pain but excl. miscarriage or ectopics = 2.35%
  • gastroenteritis, colitis or nausea/vomiting, excl. gastritis or hyperemesis gravidarum = 2.2%
  • UTI or pyelonephritis = 2.2%
  • depression or suicidal ideation or overdose excl. simple ethanol intoxication = 2.1%
  • muscle pain or limb pain (presumably non-traumatic, many may be ?DVT for exclusion) = 2.1%
  • other soft tissue injuries eg. bruising = 1.8%
  • headache or migraine = 1.65%
  • pneumonia or LRTI excl. asthma or COPD = 1.6%
  • collapse, dizziness or syncope excl. vertigo = 1.6%
  • back pain or sciatica = 1.5%
  • cellulitis = 1.5%
  • renal colic = 1.3%
  • biliary or pancreatic disease = 1.2%
  • rash or urticaria = 1.1%
  • foreign body = 1.1%
  • debility, dementia, acute confusion not coded otherwise = 1.0%
  • anxiety or no organic disease evident = 1.1%
  • non-traumatic joint pain or arthritis or gout = 0.93%
  • psychosis or schizophrenia-related = 0.9%
  • asthma excl. COPD = 0.8%
  • ano-rectal conditions = 0.8%
  • tonsillitis or quinsy or glandular fever excl. pharyngitis = 0.7%
  • abscess excl. gynae, dental, anorectal or pilonidal = 0.6%
  • appendicitis = 0.6%
  • acute coronary syndrome including angina or infarct = 0.6%
  • cardiac failure or APO = 0.6%
  • simple alcohol intoxication or withdrawal excl. trauma, overdose, suicidal or depression diagnoses = 0.6%
  • vertigo or BPV = 0.6%
  • constipation = 0.5%
  • DVT or superficial thrombophlebitis = 0.5%
  • stroke or TIA = 0.5%
  • hyperemesis gravidarum = 0.45%
  • seizure or epilepsy = 0.45%
  • burns = 0.45%
  • eye injury excluding FB = 0.44%
  • epistaxis = 0.42%
  • urinary retention = 0.36%
  • hypertension = 0.34%
  • non-venomous bites = 0.32%
  • atrial fibrillation = 0.31%
  • bowel obstruction = 0.24%
  • shoulder dislocation = 0.21%
  • dental abscess = 0.20%
  • diverticulitis = 0.15%
  • pulmonary embolus = 0.1%
  • source1)
1)
Sunshine Hospital, Melbourne 2008-2009 - sees ~40,000 adults per year but not a major trauma centre
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