An analysis of finger and hand injuries in children in a tertiary paediatric emergency department.

Surke, Carsten; Kunzli, Michael; Vogelin, Esther; Garcia, Daniel; Lollgen, Ruth M (2022). An analysis of finger and hand injuries in children in a tertiary paediatric emergency department. Swiss medical weekly, 152(w30134), w30134. EMH Media 10.4414/smw.2022.w30134

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AIMS OF THE STUDY

This study set out to examine the association between current subspecialty (paediatric and hand surgery) consultation practice for children with hand and finger injuries presenting to a tertiary paediatric emergency department and length of stay in the paediatric emergency department. Also, incidence and injury pattern of hand and finger injuries in this patient group were analysed.

METHODS

This was a retrospective cross-sectional study, which was undertaken as a clinical audit service. All patients under 17 years presenting to our paediatric emergency department with hand and finger injuries over a 17-month period were included in the analysis. We studied incidence and injury mechanism, current subspecialty referral practice, as well as paediatric emergency department and hospital length of stay.

RESULTS

We identified 929 children for inclusion in the analysis. The most frequent reasons for presentation were hand contusions (25.5%) and fractures (20.8%). Paediatric emergency medicine physicians alone managed 845 patients (90.6%), paediatric surgery referral occurred in 50 (5.4%) and hand surgery consultation in 37 (4.0%) cases. Mean length of stay in the paediatric emergency department was 154 min and significantly longer when subspecialty review occurred. Hospital admission occurred in 87 cases (9.3%).

CONCLUSIONS

Involvement of subspecialties in the care of hand and finger injuries was associated with significantly increased length of stay in the paediatric emergency department. We discuss obstacles and enablers for timely patient referral and management. We suggest the implementation of referral guidelines, tailored to the individual emergency department, to reduce unnecessary patient journey delays and to ensure higher quality repair of complex hand injuries by the appropriate surgeon, with better outcomes. Making use of the emergence of multiple surgical subspecialties for targeted treatment of paediatric finger and hand injuries might be desirable.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Notfallzentrum für Kinder und Jugendliche
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Plastic and Hand Surgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Plastic and Hand Surgery > Hand Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Surke, Carsten; Vögelin, Esther; Garcia, Daniel and Löllgen, Ruth Mari Caroline

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1424-3997

Publisher:

EMH Media

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pubmed Import

Date Deposited:

06 Apr 2022 10:26

Last Modified:

10 Apr 2022 02:08

Publisher DOI:

10.4414/smw.2022.w30134

PubMed ID:

35380185

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/169058

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/169058

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