Paediatric accident & emergency short-stay ward: a 1-year audit

Arch Emerg Med. 1993 Sep;10(3):181-6. doi: 10.1136/emj.10.3.181.


A short-stay ward attached to the accident and emergency (A&E) department has opened recently. The development of this ward is described together with its operation over a 1-year period. Head injuries were the commonest reason for admission. Only 7% of children stayed longer than anticipated or were considered inappropriate admissions.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / therapy
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay*
  • Male
  • Patient Admission
  • Pediatrics*
  • Scotland
  • Time Factors
  • Utilization Review / statistics & numerical data*