Survey of alcohol-related presentations to australasian emergency departments

Diana Egerton-Warburton, Andrew Gosbell, Angela Wadsworth, Daniel M. Fatovich, Drew B. Richardson

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the proportion of alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments (EDs) in Australia and New Zealand, at a single time point on a weekend night shift.

Design, setting and participants: A point prevalence survey of ED patients either waiting to be seen or currently being seen conducted at 02:00 local time on 14 December 2013 in 106 EDs in Australia and New Zealand.

Main outcome measures: The number of ED presentations that were alcoholrelated, defined using World Health Organization ICD-10 codes.

Results: At the 106 hospitals (92 Australia, 14 New Zealand) that provided data, 395 (14.3%; 95% CI, 13.0%–15.6%) of 2766 patients in EDs at the study time were presenting for alcohol-related reasons; 13.8% (95% CI, 12.5%–15.2%) in Australia and 17.9% (95% CI, 13.9%–22.8%) in New Zealand. The distribution was skewed left, with proportions ranging from 0 to 50% and a median of 12.5%. Nine Australian hospitals and one New Zealand hospital reported that more than a third of their ED patients had alcohol-related presentations; the Northern Territory (38.1%) and Western Australia (21.1%) reported the highest proportions of alcohol-related presentations.

Conclusions: One in seven ED presentations in Australian and New Zealand at this 02:00 snapshot were alcohol-related, with some EDs seeing more than one in three alcohol-related presentations. This confirms that alcohol-related presentations to EDs are currently underreported and makes a strong case for public health initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-587
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume201
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Egerton-Warburton, Diana ; Gosbell, Andrew ; Wadsworth, Angela ; Fatovich, Daniel M. ; Richardson, Drew B. / Survey of alcohol-related presentations to australasian emergency departments. In: Medical Journal of Australia. 2014 ; Vol. 201, No. 10. pp. 584-587.
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