2007, Number 4
Acta Ortop Mex 2007; 21 (4)
Timeliness of care in patients with type-B pelvic ring injuries at a referral Hospital in Mexico City
Laguna SE, Benítez GRA, Salcedo OJE
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ABSTRACTObjective: To determine the timeliness of the care provided to patients with type-B pelvic ring injuries at the emergency service. Material and methods: This is a cross-sectional, observational, descriptive, analytical, interval, retrolective study. A quota, non-probabilistic sampling was used. Twenty patients with type-B pelvic ring injuries who presented at the emergency room from December 1st, 2002 to November 30, 2005 were studied. The data collected included age, gender, timeliness of care, time to starting of care, time to the initial diagnosis, time to the beginning of management, time on external fixation, total initial multidisciplinary management time, morbidity, concomitant injuries, hospital complications, length of hospital stay and health outcomes. Patients of both genders, over age 16 years, not treated elsewhere were included, and managed with external fixation. Timeliness of care was assessed in patients in whom multidisciplinary management that resulted in survival was completed. The analysis included the central trend and summary variables. Results: Timely care was provided to all 20 patients. Conclusions: Timely care was provided to 100% of patients. The timeliness of care in this type of injuries results from a successful multidisciplinary management.