This Month's Highlights:
Management of Epistaxis- A single centre experience and economic considerations:
Keane et al report that 434 patients were admitted with epistaxis over a 4 year period. 362 were managed conservatively and 15 required surgery.
Cycling injuries presenting to an Irish emergency department:
Foley et al documented 534 cycling related injuries in a 12 month period. 40 cyclists needed in-patient admission and 6 were transferred to intensive care. The common causes of injury were 244 (fall from the bike), 79 (collision with a motor vehicle), 42 (collision with a pedestrian).
A study of the patients admitted to the clinical decision unit over one year:
O’Shea et al describe the activity and efficacy of a CDU. A total of 2,307 patients were assessed. The mean length of stay was 29 hours. The authors calculate that the CDU could save as much as €2 million annually.