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Bratislava Medical Journal Vol.124, No.9, p.718–722, 2023

Title: Geriatric mortality risk factors in emergency department for non-traumatic abdominal pain
Author: Altug KANBAKAN, Fatih CAKMAK, Afsin IPEKCI, Yonca S AKDENIZ, Ibrahim IKIZCELI

Abstract: OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to determine the factors affecting the mortality of geriatric patients presenting to the emergency department with non-traumatic abdominal pain, as well as the associations of these factors with mortality.
BACKGROUND: With the increasing number of elderly patients, early recognition of patients with risk-bearing diagnoses is crucial.
METHODS: This prospective cross-sectional study included 466 patients over 65 years of age who were admitted to THE emergency department of a tertiary hospital and consented to participate. Data was collected on patient demographics, vital signs, chronic diseases, laboratory investigations, diagnoses, disposition, and 30-day mortality.
RESULTS: The results showed that the mean patient age was 74.42 years, with 47.4 % being male and 52.6 % female. 15.6 % of the patients had nonspecific causes. The risk of mortality within one month was 5.797 times higher in patients with neurological diseases and 5.183 times higher in those with a history of surgery. A one-unit decrease in hemoglobin increased the mortality risk by 0.656 times.
CONCLUSION: This study highlights the importance of careful evaluation of elderly patients with neurological diseases, previous surgical history, and anemia in the emergency department with non-traumatic abdominal pain (Tab. 5, Ref. 18).

Keywords: hospital emergency service, aged, abdominal pain, risk factors
Published online: 06-Jul-2023
Year: 2023, Volume: 124, Issue: 9 Page From: 718, Page To: 722

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