Emergency department utilisation by vulnerable paediatric populations during theCOVID-19 pandemic
AuthorCheek, JA; Craig, SS; West, A; Lewena, S; Hiscock, H
Source TitleEmergency Medicine Australasia
University of Melbourne Author/sHiscock, Harriet
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsCheek, J. A., Craig, S. S., West, A., Lewena, S. & Hiscock, H. (2020). Emergency department utilisation by vulnerable paediatric populations during theCOVID-19 pandemic. EMERGENCY MEDICINE AUSTRALASIA, 32 (5), pp.870-871. https://doi.org/10.1111/1742-6723.13598.
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OBJECTIVE: To determine if changes to community-based services have effected paediatric ED attendances for mental health issues and neonates during the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: Analysis of total presentations, presentations with a mental health diagnoses and presentation of neonates during the early stages of the pandemic compared with the previous year for four Victorian hospitals. RESULTS: There was a 47.2% decrease in total presentations compared with 2019, with a 35% increase in mental health diagnoses and a 2% increase in neonatal presentations. CONCLUSION: Vulnerable paediatric patients are seeking care elsewhere during the pandemic because of the closure of community services.
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