Upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage (UGIH) is a common reason for emergency department (ED) evaluation and hospital admission. Despite validated risk‐assessment methods, it is not known how risk stratification is used to influence early endoscopy (EGD) and subsequent triage. We evaluated risk‐stratified clinical outcomes, resource utilization, and time of presentation for UGIH patients over 2 years.
Analyses included 417 consecutive UGIH patients evaluated in the ED and admitted to 6 academic medical centers that did not have open‐access endoscopy services available to the ED. Outcomes included time to EGD, inpatient death, 30‐day readmission, and in‐hospital complications related to UGIH. Resource utilization was assessed by hospital length of stay (LOS) and costs. Data were obtained from chart abstraction and administrative files.
Mean age of subjects was 59.3 years; 60% were male, 36% were white, and 41% had Medicare. The most common diagnoses were erosive disease (54%), PUD (48%), and varices (15%). Mean LOS was 4.8 days, with a mean hospital cost of $12,052. Overall, 72% of patients presented to the ED during weekdays, of which 29% presented between 8
UGIH risk scores did not predict timing of EGD or early discharge post‐EGD, suggesting patients were not appropriately risk‐stratified. In addition, 13% of patients were considered low‐risk pre‐EGD, for which endoscopy is not necessary, yet still received EGD and admission. Our findings suggest that 30%‐50% of UGIH patients present before midday during the week, making same‐day open‐access EGD feasible. Of these, 30%‐40% could potentially be discharged from the ED or after 24‐hour observation. Emergency departments and hospitalists should work with GI services to develop innovative strategies to maximize the availability of endoscopy services for UGIH. Early EGD and appropriate triage are factors critical to reducing resource utilization while maintaining excellent clinical outcomes for UGIH.
P. J. Kaboli, None; C. C. Wyatt, None; A. D. Auerbach, None; J. L. Schnipper, None; T. B. Wetterneck, None; D. O. Meltzer, None.
To cite this abstract:Kaboli P, Wyatt C, Auerbach A, Schnipper J, Wetterneck T, Meltzer D. Emergency Room Triage of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleed Patients: Is Early Endoscopy Feasible. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2007, May 23-25, Dallas, Texas Abstract 34. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2007; 2 (suppl 2). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/emergency-room-triage-of-upper-gastrointestinal-bleed-patients-is-early-endoscopy-feasible/. Accessed November 12, 2019.