The characteristics and outcomes of mental health patients presenting to an emergency department over a twelve month period.

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College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Inc
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Australian Emergency Nursing Journal, 2004, 7 (2), pp. 21 - 25
Issue Date:
2004-01
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The number of mental health consumers presenting to the emergency department (ED) over the last five years has been increasing because of mainstreaming. The aims of this paper are to: (i) describe the characteristics of mental health patient presentations to our ED; (ii) examine the distribution of triage code allocations; and (iii) identify the outcomes of ED mental health patients.
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