Epidemiology of ENT emergencies
F. Lammens , N. Lemkens , G. Laureyns , W. Lemmens , L. Van Camp and P. Lemkens 1 1
2Department of Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases, Head and Neck Surgery, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg, Genk, Belgium; Program manager Critical Care Departments, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg, Genk, Belgium
Otorhinolaryngology; emergency care; epistaxis
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Epidemiology of ENT emergencies.Objective: To give an overview of ear, nose, and throat (ENT) pathologies encountered in the emergency room (ER). Methods: Retrospective analysis of 1296 files of patients visiting the ER between January 2008 and December 2012. Diagnosis, treatment, hospitalisation, referral, and demographic parameters were evaluated. Results: Epistaxis is the most frequent ENT condition seen in the ER. One third of epistaxis patients are on anticoagulant therapy. The second most frequent conditions observed were infections of the pharynx and tonsils. Nasal fractures and vertigo were also frequently observed. Conclusion: Epistaxis and its treatment were the most frequent ENT diagnosis and therapy seen in the ER. Infections are the main cause of hospitalisation. Referral to other disciplines and revisits seldom occurred.
Vol. 10, 2014, 2nd trimester

Epidemiology of ENT emergencies