A paediatric observation ward

P N G Med J. 1984 Sep-Dec;27(3-4):163-5.


The paediatric ward and paediatric outpatients at Port Moresby General Hospital have become increasingly crowded during the past few years. 15% of paediatric admissions stayed less than 24 hours, which meant that much work was done unnecessarily on these patients who would be better regarded as outpatients. A paediatric observation ward was opened in September 1982 to help overcome these problems. An analysis of the 2132 admissions to the observation ward during 1983 showed that 89% of the children were later sent home without requiring hospital admission.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Hospital Units / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Patient Admission / trends*
  • Pediatrics*