Characteristics of patients presenting to the vascular emergency department of a tertiary care hospital: a 2-year study
1 Department of Vascular Surgery, Red Cross Hospital, Athens, Greece
2 Second Department of Internal Medicine, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece
BMC Research Notes 2011, 4:481 doi:10.1186/1756-0500-4-481Published: 3 November 2011
The structure of health care in Greece is receiving increased attention to improve its cost-effectiveness. We sought to examine the epidemiological characteristics of patients presenting to the vascular emergency department of a Greek tertiary care hospital during a 2-year period. We studied all patients presenting to the emergency department of vascular surgery at Red Cross Hospital, Athens, Greece between 1st January 2009 and 31st December 2010.
Overall, 2452 (49.4%) out of 4961 patients suffered from pathologies that should have been treated in primary health care. Only 2509 (50.6%) needed vascular surgical intervention.
The emergency department of vascular surgery in a Greek tertiary care hospital has to treat a remarkably high percentage of patients suitable for the primary health care level. These results suggest that an improvement in the structure of health care is needed in Greece.