Limited yield of hospitalization for the evaluation of syncope in patients presenting to an urban tertiary medical center

Eric D. Manheimer, Glenn Pacio, Kevin J. Ferrick

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Abstract

Syncope is a frequent presenting complaint in the emergency department and is associated with significant medical costs. We examined the utility of inpatient evaluation of syncope for patients in whom a diagnosis was not established in the emergency department. We retrospectively reviewed consecutive patients presenting with syncope to an urban tertiary care medical center. A diagnosis was not established after initial evaluation in the emergency department in 171 of 230 patients admitted. In hospital evaluation led to a diagnosis in 26 patients. Acute intervention was required in 2 patients. Our observations suggest that an inpatient evaluation of syncope for patients in whom a diagnosis is not made on initial evaluation is of low yield, and outpatient follow-up may be safe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1113-1116
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume32
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Limited yield of hospitalization for the evaluation of syncope in patients presenting to an urban tertiary medical center. / Manheimer, Eric D.; Pacio, Glenn; Ferrick, Kevin J.

In: American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 32, No. 9, 2014, p. 1113-1116.

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