A prospective registry of emergency department patients admitted with infection

Williams, Julian M., Greenslade, Jaimi H., McKenzie, Juliet V., Chu, Kevin H., Brown, Anthony F. T., Paterson, David and Lipman, Jeffrey (2011) A prospective registry of emergency department patients admitted with infection. BMC Infectious Diseases, 11 27-1-27-7. doi:10.1186/1471-2334-11-27

Author Williams, Julian M.
Greenslade, Jaimi H.
McKenzie, Juliet V.
Chu, Kevin H.
Brown, Anthony F. T.
Paterson, David
Lipman, Jeffrey
Title A prospective registry of emergency department patients admitted with infection
Journal name BMC Infectious Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2334
Publication date 2011-01-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2334-11-27
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 11
Start page 27-1
End page 27-7
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Subject 320100 Medicine - General
Formatted abstract
Background: Patients with infections account for a significant proportion of Emergency Department (ED) workload, with many hospital patients admitted with severe sepsis initially investigated and resuscitated in the ED. The aim of this registry is to systematically collect quality observational clinical and microbiological data regarding emergency patients admitted with infection, in order to explore in detail the microbiological profile of these patients, and to provide the foundation for a significant programme of prospective observational studies and further clinical research.
Methods/design: ED patients admitted with infection will be identified through daily review of the computerised database of ED admissions, and clinical information such as site of infection, physiological status in the ED, and components of management abstracted from patients' charts. This information will be supplemented by further data regarding results of investigations, microbiological isolates, and length of stay (LOS) from hospital electronic databases. Outcome measures will be hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) LOS, and mortality endpoints derived from a national death registry.
Discussion: This database will provide substantial insights into the characteristics, microbiological profile, and outcomes of emergency patients admitted with infections. It will become the nidus for a programme of research into compliance with evidence-based guidelines, optimisation of empiric antimicrobial regimens, validation of clinical decision rules and identification of outcome determinants. The detailed observational data obtained will provide a solid baseline to inform the design of further controlled trials planned to optimise treatment and outcomes for emergency patients admitted with infections.
Keyword Emergency Service
Length of Stay
Patient Admission
Prospective Studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 02 Mar 2011, 15:00:31 EST by Dr Kevin Chu on behalf of Royal Brisbane Clinical School