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Audit of Sudden Deaths in the Accident and Emergency Department of a Tertiary Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago

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61–7
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Sudden deaths in an accident and emergency department in Trinidad and Tobago were examined. The majority of deaths were cardiovascular, followed by trauma.

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Objective: To determine the proportion of deaths due to confirmed myocardial infarction (CMI) and the aetiology of sudden death at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital (A&E) department for January to June 2008.

Methods: This retrospective study utilized the death register to determine the number of A&E deaths for the study period. Patients dying from MI were investigated using records to obtain ECG and postmortem reports.

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e-Published: 17 Oct, 2013

Obstructive Lung Disease in Acute Medical Patients

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7–13
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The prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in acute hospital admissions is 20.9% with 11.7% of admissions having chronic symptoms with normal spirometry. There was significant co-morbidity with vascular disease.

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Objectives: To determine the proportion of adult medical patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), using the Global initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines (GOLD), and its relation to vascular disease.

Methods: This is a prospective cross-sectional study of adult patients admitted to acute medical wards. Interviewer administered questionnaire, anthropometric and spirometric measurements were done.

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e-Published: 05 Jul, 2013
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