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Dermatological emergencies: a comparative study of activity in 2000 and 2010
Article first published online: 13 JAN 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology © 2012 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Volume 27, Issue 7, pages 916–918, July 2013
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Mirkamali, A., Ingen-Housz-Oro, S., Valeyrie-Allanore, L., Bouvresse, S., Duong, T.-A., Chosidow, O. and Wolkenstein, P. (2013), Dermatological emergencies: a comparative study of activity in 2000 and 2010. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 27: 916–918. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2011.04446.x
- Issue published online: 13 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 13 JAN 2012
- Received: 20 April 2011; Accepted: 19 December 2011
Background and objective Studies of dermatological emergencies (DE) are few. We evaluated the activity in our DE unit in a 1-month retrospective study and compared the results with a similar study performed in the same department in 2000.
Methods We reviewed the charts of all outpatients seen in the DE unit in January 2010, collecting data on age, sex, place of residence, referral mode, day and hour of consultation, true emergency or non-emergency, diagnosis and follow-up.
Results In January 2010, we serviced 605 patients (58% males, mean age 40 ± 21 years), 21% more than in 2000; 43.5% were seen during off-duty hours vs. 49% in 2000 (P = 0.066), 49% were considered true emergencies vs. 43% in 2000 (P = 0.046), and 14% were referred by a physician vs. 23% in 2000 (P = 0.0001). In total, 35.2% of cases were infectious dermatoses in 2010 vs. 29% in 2000 (P = 0.026). Other diagnoses were eczema, urticaria and drug-related eruptions. Follow-up was suggested to 53.3% of the patients.
Conclusions Our DE unit satisfies a genuine need. Its activity increased over 10 years, most likely because of the decrease in the number of dermatologists in France. Although our results are close to those reported in the literature, comparison with previously published studies is difficult because of the heterogeneity of the definition of DE.