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DAY CARE UNIT SERVICES OF A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL

Keywords: DAY CARE UNIT , CATARACT , CHEMOTHERAPY

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OBJECTIVES: To highlight the pattern of cases admitted in day care unit of a hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective files review of patients admitted in Day Care Unit (DCU) of Alnoor Specialist Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, over a period of 16 months from April 2004 to July 2005 was carried out. RESULTS: Out of total of 978 admissions, ophthalmology cases were predominated 572 (58.5%) followed by hematology and oncology 402 (41.1%). Majority of them belonged to the age group of 51-75years 561 (57.4%). Among ophthalmology cases, cataract cases were predominant 540 (94.4%), followed by ptyregium while all medically treated patients came for chemotherapy. Among hematology and oncology, carcinoma of breast cases were in majority 108 (27.5%) followed by hodgkin lymphoma 68 (17.3%). CONCLUSION: Our DCU was mainly used for cataract cases, but also worked as chemotherapy unit.

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