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Hannon, Mark J and Luke, LC (2006) The burden of alcohol misuse on the emergency department. Irish Medical Journal , 99 , (4) , pp. 118-20.

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This study had two objectives. To assess the impact of alcohol-related problems on the Emergency Department (ED) of Cork University Hospital (CUH). To assess the non-acute impact of alcohol-related problems on CUH. One hundred patient ED records were chosen at random from each of three study periods - December 23rd 2002 to January 2nd 2003, April 20th 2003 to April 30th 2003, and December 23rd 2003 to January 2nd 2004. Each patient record was examined individually to determine the rate of alcohol-related attendances at CUH ED. Overall, alcohol related attendances accounted for 14.66% of ED attendances. 22.73% of these patients were admitted and 27.27% received an out-patient department appointment. The results of this study were broadly in keeping with previous large-scale studies; it is clear that alcohol-related attendances, admissions and OPD appointments are putting a large strain on EDs and the whole hospital system.


Item Type:Article
Date:2006
Page Range:pp. 118-20
Publisher:Irish Medical Organisation
Volume:99
Number:4
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Accession Number:HRB 4285 (Available)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Emergency care
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol intoxication
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Hospital

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