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Immersion in an emergency department triage center during the Covid-19 outbreak: first report of the Liège University hospital experience
GILBERT, Allison; BRASSEUR, Edmond; PETIT, Meredith et al.
2022In Acta Clinica Belgica
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Keywords :
Emergency Department; Novel coronavirus; Triage
Abstract :
[en] Objectives: Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak, different strategies have been explored to stem the spread of the disease and appropriately manage patient flow. Triage, an effective solution proposed in disaster medicine, also works well to manage Emergency Department (ED) flow. The aim of this study was to describe the role of an ED Triage Center for patients with suspected novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and character- ize the patient flow. Methods: In March 2020, we established a Covid-19 triage center close to the Liège University EDs. From March 2 to March 23, we planned to analyze the specific flow of patients admitted to this triage zone and their characteristics in terms of inner specificities, work-up and manage- ment. During this period, all patients presented to the ED with symptoms suggestive of Covid- 19 were included in the study. Results: A total amount of 1071 patients presented to the triage center during the study period. 41.50% of the patients presented with flu-like symptoms. In 82.00% of the cases, no risk factor of virus transmission was found. The SARS-Cov2 positive patients represented 29.26% of the screened patients. 83.00% of patients were discharged home while 17.00% were admitted to the hospital. Conclusion: Our experience suggests that triage centers for the assessment and management of Covid-19 suspected patients is an essential key strategy to prevent the spread of the disease among non-symptomatic patients who present to the EDs for care. This allows for a disease- centered work-up and safer diversion of Covid-19 patients to specific hospital units.
Disciplines :
Public health, health care sciences & services
Author, co-author :
GILBERT, Allison  ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > Autres Services Médicaux > Service des urgences
BRASSEUR, Edmond ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > Autres Services Médicaux > Service des urgences
PETIT, Meredith ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > Département infirmier > Urgences NDB
Donneau, Anne-Françoise ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Biostatistique
Diep, Anh Nguyet  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Simulation en santé publique
Hetzel Campbell, Suzanne;  University of British Columbia - UBC > School of Nursing
Servotte, Jean-Christophe ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > Département ULiège > Faculté de médecine
PIAZZA, Justine ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > Autres Services Médicaux > Service des urgences
ANCION, Aurore ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > Autres Services Médicaux > Service des urgences
GENSBURGER, Matthieu ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > Autres Services Médicaux > Service des urgences
D'Orio, Vincenzo ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences cliniques > Médecine d'urgence - bioch. et phys. hum. normales et path.
GHUYSEN, Alexandre ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > Autres Services Médicaux > Service des urgences
Language :
English
Title :
Immersion in an emergency department triage center during the Covid-19 outbreak: first report of the Liège University hospital experience
Publication date :
2022
Journal title :
Acta Clinica Belgica
ISSN :
1784-3286
eISSN :
2295-3337
Publisher :
Taylor and Francis, Abingdon, United Kingdom
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Commentary :
The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Acta Clinica Belgica http://www.tandfonline.com/Article DOI 10.1080/17843286.2020.1778348.
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