This retrospective study is a review of patients referred from a network of eight freestanding emergency centers FECs to a hospital emergency department during January and February 1984. During that time, 17,387 patients were seen at the FECs. Sixty-three (0.36%) of these patients were referred to the base hospital, of which 28 (44%) were admitted and six (9.5%) were admitted to a critical care unit. Four of the six critical care admissions arrived by ambulance. One was unstable and required cardioversion in the ED. Of the patients discharged from the hospital 70% were satisfied with FEC and 97% with hospital treatment. Of admitted patients, 89% were satisfied with FEC and 100% were satisfied with hospital treatment. For a similar illness in the future, 23% of all patients would return to a FEC, 28% would go to a private practitioner, and 48% would go directly to a hospital.
- freestanding emergency centers, referral patterns
- referral patterns, freestanding emergency centers