A prospective emergency department-based study of pattern and outcome of neurologic and neurosurgical diseases in haiti

Ernest Joseph Barthélemy, Ernest Benjamin, Marie Yolaine Edouard Jean-Pierre, Geneviève Poitevien, Silvia Ernst, Irene P. Osborn, Isabelle M. Germano

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Abstract

Objective To perform the first prospective survey of neurologic and neurosurgical emergency department (ED) admissions in Haiti.

Methods Data of all ED admissions at 3 Haitian hospitals for 90 consecutive days per site were collected prospectively. Patients who were given a diagnosis of a neurologic or neurosurgical disorder by the ED physician were entered in a deidentified database including demographics, presenting symptoms, brain imaging (when available), requests for neurosurgical consultation, and outcome.

Results Of the 7628 patients admitted to the ED during this study, 1243 patients had a neurologic disorder, yielding an ED-based neurologic disease prevalence of 16%. The 3 most common neurologic diseases were cerebrovascular disease (31%), neurotrauma (28%), and altered mental status (12%). Neurosurgical pathologies represented 19% of all neurologic admissions with a combined ED-based disease prevalence of 3%. Mortality rate was 9%. The most common neurosurgical disease was neurotrauma (87%), caused by motor vehicle accidents (59%), falls (20%), and assault (17%). Neurosurgical procedures were performed in 14 of 208 patients with a mortality rate of 33%.

Conclusions This prospective survey represents the first study of neurosurgical or neurologic disease patterns in Haiti. The results suggest specific disease priorities for this population that can guide efforts to improve Haitian health care and conduct more comprehensive epidemiologic studies in Haiti.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)948-953
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Volume82
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Haiti
Nervous System Diseases
Hospital Emergency Service
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Nervous System
Neurosurgical Procedures
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Mortality
Motor Vehicles
Neuroimaging
Accidents
Epidemiologic Studies
Referral and Consultation
Demography
Databases
Pathology
Delivery of Health Care
Physicians
Population

Keywords

  • Brain injuries
  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Global health
  • Haiti
  • Neurologic diseases
  • Neurosurgical procedures
  • Outcome assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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Barthélemy, E. J., Benjamin, E., Edouard Jean-Pierre, M. Y., Poitevien, G., Ernst, S., Osborn, I. P., & Germano, I. M. (2014). A prospective emergency department-based study of pattern and outcome of neurologic and neurosurgical diseases in haiti. World Neurosurgery, 82(6), 948-953. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2013.10.012

A prospective emergency department-based study of pattern and outcome of neurologic and neurosurgical diseases in haiti. / Barthélemy, Ernest Joseph; Benjamin, Ernest; Edouard Jean-Pierre, Marie Yolaine; Poitevien, Geneviève; Ernst, Silvia; Osborn, Irene P.; Germano, Isabelle M.

In: World Neurosurgery, Vol. 82, No. 6, 01.12.2014, p. 948-953.

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Barthélemy, EJ, Benjamin, E, Edouard Jean-Pierre, MY, Poitevien, G, Ernst, S, Osborn, IP & Germano, IM 2014, 'A prospective emergency department-based study of pattern and outcome of neurologic and neurosurgical diseases in haiti', World Neurosurgery, vol. 82, no. 6, pp. 948-953. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2013.10.012
Barthélemy, Ernest Joseph ; Benjamin, Ernest ; Edouard Jean-Pierre, Marie Yolaine ; Poitevien, Geneviève ; Ernst, Silvia ; Osborn, Irene P. ; Germano, Isabelle M. / A prospective emergency department-based study of pattern and outcome of neurologic and neurosurgical diseases in haiti. In: World Neurosurgery. 2014 ; Vol. 82, No. 6. pp. 948-953.
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