The effect of inclement weather on trauma orthopaedic workload.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/206327
Title:
The effect of inclement weather on trauma orthopaedic workload.
Authors:
Cashman, J P; Green, C J; McEllistrem, B; Masterson, E; Condon, F
Affiliation:
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle,, Limerick. james.cashman@gmail.com
Citation:
Ir J Med Sci. 2011 Sep;180(3):679-82. Epub 2011 Feb 23.
Journal:
Irish journal of medical science
Issue Date:
31-Jan-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/206327
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-011-0699-z
PubMed ID:
21340751
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: Climate change models predict increasing frequency of extreme weather. One of the challenges hospitals face is how to make sure they have adequate staffing at various times of the year. AIMS: The aim of this study was to examine the effect of this severe inclement weather on hospital admissions, operative workload and cost in the Irish setting. We hypothesised that there is a direct relationship between cold weather and workload in a regional orthopaedic trauma unit. METHODS: Trauma orthopaedic workload in a regional trauma unit was examined over 2 months between December 2009 and January 2010. This corresponded with a period of severe inclement weather. RESULTS: We identified a direct correlation between the drop in temperature and increase in workload, with a corresponding increase in demand on resources. CONCLUSIONS: Significant cost savings could be made if these injuries were prevented. While the information contained in this study is important in the context of resource planning and staffing of hospital trauma units, it also highlights the vulnerability of the Irish population to wintery weather.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Cost Savings; Hospitalization/economics; Humans; Orthopedic Procedures/economics/*statistics & numerical data; Personnel Staffing and Scheduling/organization & administration; Trauma Centers/economics/*organization & administration/statistics & numerical; data; *Weather; *Workload
ISSN:
1863-4362 (Electronic); 0021-1265 (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCashman, J Pen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGreen, C Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcEllistrem, Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorMasterson, Een_GB
dc.contributor.authorCondon, Fen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-31T16:47:09Z-
dc.date.available2012-01-31T16:47:09Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-31T16:47:09Z-
dc.identifier.citationIr J Med Sci. 2011 Sep;180(3):679-82. Epub 2011 Feb 23.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1863-4362 (Electronic)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0021-1265 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid21340751en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11845-011-0699-zen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/206327-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Climate change models predict increasing frequency of extreme weather. One of the challenges hospitals face is how to make sure they have adequate staffing at various times of the year. AIMS: The aim of this study was to examine the effect of this severe inclement weather on hospital admissions, operative workload and cost in the Irish setting. We hypothesised that there is a direct relationship between cold weather and workload in a regional orthopaedic trauma unit. METHODS: Trauma orthopaedic workload in a regional trauma unit was examined over 2 months between December 2009 and January 2010. This corresponded with a period of severe inclement weather. RESULTS: We identified a direct correlation between the drop in temperature and increase in workload, with a corresponding increase in demand on resources. CONCLUSIONS: Significant cost savings could be made if these injuries were prevented. While the information contained in this study is important in the context of resource planning and staffing of hospital trauma units, it also highlights the vulnerability of the Irish population to wintery weather.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshCost Savingsen_GB
dc.subject.meshHospitalization/economicsen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshOrthopedic Procedures/economics/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshPersonnel Staffing and Scheduling/organization & administrationen_GB
dc.subject.meshTrauma Centers/economics/*organization & administration/statistics & numericalen_GB
dc.subject.meshdataen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Weatheren_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Workloaden_GB
dc.titleThe effect of inclement weather on trauma orthopaedic workload.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle,, Limerick. james.cashman@gmail.comen_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish journal of medical scienceen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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