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  1. Epidemiology and practice of emergency medicine in a developing country.

    Article, Communication - En anglais

    Emergency medicine. International conference. London GBR, 1994/05.

    Study objective 

    To analyze the emergency medicine system in a developing country and identify areas of need and potential collaboration.


    Convenience sample surveys of all emergency visits over a 2-week period, hospital admission and health department statistics, and interviews with government officials, health providers, and EMS managers.


    Port of Spain General Hospital, Trinidad and Tobago.


    The ED has more than 100,000 visits per year.

    No records are kept.

    No physician in this study had emergency medicine training ; only one had completed any residency.

    The survey included 3,710 patients 

    40.5% were admitted, and. 3% died.

    Injuries accounted for 41.6% of all visits, asthma 7.8%. The mean time elapsed before a patient was seen was. 5 hour ; mean time to discharge, 1.9 hours.

    In only 9% of patients were laboratory tests performed.

    Prehospital providers had limited equipment and training.


    The ED and prehospital systems provide high-volume and often high-acuteness care.

    Barriers to improved care include limited specialized training and lack of medical records.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Organisation santé, Urgence, Epidémiologie, Pays en développement, Trinidad Tobago, Evaluation, Homme, Antilles, Amérique Centrale, Amérique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Public health organization, Emergency, Epidemiology, Developing countries, Trinidad and Tobago, Evaluation, Human, West Indies, Central America, America

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0518265

    Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 01/03/1996.