Los niños que repiten consulta en urgencias de pediatría

  1. S. Mintegui Raso
  2. J. Benito Fernández
  3. M.A. Vázquez Ronco
  4. A. Ortiz Andrés
  5. S. Capapé Zache
  6. A. Fernández Landaluce
Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría ( AEP )

Year of publication: 2000

Volume: 52

Issue: 6

Pages: 542-547

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1016/S1695-4033(00)77398-X DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor


To study the patients who make unscheduled return vi-sits in less than week to a pediatric emergency depart-ment (ED).Patients and method Retrospective review of 495 episodes in 233 children who were attended at our ED in November 1999 Results In November 1999, we registered 3667 episodes at our ED (495 corresponding to 233 children who made repeat visits, 13.4%). The most common chief complaints among children who revisited were fever and respiratory symptoms. The most common diagnoses were fever wit-hout apparent source, ORL infections, asthma and acute gastro-enteritis. The diagnoses made at the initial and fi-nal visits were the same in 131 cases (56.2%), a compli-cation was detected in 18 (7.7%) and 84 (36.1%) were gi-ven a different diagnosis. The percentage of patients who received a symptomatic diagnosis was lower in the final visit. The admission rate of children who revisited was higher than that of children who visited our ED once (6.4% vs. 3.0%, p = 0.009), caused by the group of patients who received a different diagnosis when they revisited our ED. Conclusions Patients who revisit a pediatric ED within a week are more likely to be admitted to the hospital, especially if the diagnosis they receive varies.