Support emergency lasts less than two hours to nearly half patients who, for three-quarters of them return home afterwards, according to a national survey of Drees service departmental statistics, published in July.
According to the survey of the Directorate of Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics, 48% of patients, except those who stayed in unit hospitalization short – stay less than two hours in an emergency department and 19% less than an hour.
Conversely, the support extends to four eight hours to 17.4% of patients, and extends beyond eight hours to 4.3% of them.
The residence time of emergency varies greatly between patients’ symptoms.
Thus, treatment is faster in people with traumatic injuries or poisonings, 60 % of them coming out less than two hours after their arrival.
It is longer in patients suffering from malaise, fatigue, headaches, digestive or respiratory problems which require further examination, which explains why only 30% of them out after less than two hours emergencies.
Another lesson of the survey, ” The use of emergency is higher for infants and the elderly of 75 years or more, with designs more varied action than for other age groups “.
The rate of emergency room use and is 2 for 1000 for children less than one year and 1.5 per 1,000 for those aged 85 years, against 1 for 1000 for the rest of population.
After going to the emergency room, three-quarters of patients go home and 20% are hospitalized.
Nearly 19 million people visited the emergency in 2012.
Source : Bénédicte and Hélène Boisguérin Valdelièvre, 2014 “ER : half patients are less than two hours, except those kept under observation “, Studies and Results, No. 889, Drees, July.
The survey was conducted among 52,000 people who showed up in 736 points Home Emergency metropolitan France and DOM June 11, 2013, outside the period of e seasonal pidémies.