Emergency Department Presentations by Children in Remote Australia: A Population-based Study
Dossetor, Philippa; Fitzpatrick, Emily; Glass, Kathryn; Douglas, Kirsty; Watkins, Rochelle; Oscar, June; Carter, Maureen; Harley, David; Jeffery, Heather; Elliott, Elizabeth; Martiniuk, Alexandra L. C.
Background. Aboriginal leaders invited us to examine the frequency and reasons for emergency department (ED) presentations by children in remote Western Australia, where Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (PAE) is common. Methods. ED presentations (2007-11 inclusive) were examined for all children born in the Fitzroy Valley in 2002-03. Results. ED data for 127/134 (94.7%) children (95% Aboriginal) showed 1058 presentations over 5-years. Most (81%) had at least 1 presentation (median 9.0, range 1-50)....[Show more]
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