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Emergency Department Presentations following Tropical Cyclone Yasi

Aitken, P, Franklin, RC, Lawlor, J, Mitchell, R, Watt, K, Furyk, J, Small, N, Lovegrove, L and Leggat, P 2015, Emergency Department Presentations following Tropical Cyclone Yasi, PLOS ONE, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131196.

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Title Emergency Department Presentations following Tropical Cyclone Yasi
Author(s) Aitken, P
Franklin, RC
Lawlor, J
Mitchell, R
Watt, K
Furyk, JORCID iD for Furyk, J orcid.org/0000-0002-9503-0928
Small, N
Lovegrove, L
Leggat, P
Journal name PLOS ONE
Volume number 10
Issue number 6
Article ID e0131196
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher PLOS
Place of publication San Francisco, CA
Publication date 2015-06-25
ISSN 1932-6203
1932-6203
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
HURRICANE KATRINA
DISASTERS
LOUISIANA
IMPACT
CARE
Summary Introduction: Emergency departments see an increase in cases during cyclones. The aim of this study is to describe patient presentations to the Emergency Department (ED) of a tertiary level hospital (Townsville) following a tropical cyclone (Yasi). Specific areas of focus include changes in: patient demographics (age and gender), triage categories, and classification of diseases.Methods: Data were extracted from the Townsville Hospitals ED information system (EDIS) for three periods in 2009, 2010 and 2011 to coincide with formation of Cyclone Yasi (31 January 2011) to six days after Yasi crossed the coast line (8 February 2012). The analysis explored the changes in ICD10-AM 4-character classification and presented at the Chapter level.Results: There was a marked increase in the number of patients attending the ED during Yasi, particularly those aged over 65 years with a maximum daily attendance of 372 patients on 4 Feb 2011. The most marked increases were in: Triage categories - 4 and 5; and ICD categories - diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L99), and factors influencing health care status (Z00-Z99). The most common diagnostic presentation across all years was injury (S00-T98).Discussion: There was an increase in presentations to the ED of TTH, which peaked in the first 24 – 48 hours following the cyclone and returned to normal over a five-day period. The changes in presentations were mostly an amplification of normal attendance patterns with some altered areas of activity. Injury patterns are similar to overseas experience.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0131196
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Aitken et al.
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