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Evaluation of the COVID-19 Triage Results in an Education Family Practice Center [anatol j fm]
anatol j fm. 2022; 5(1): 12-16 | DOI: 10.5505/anatoljfm.2021.26928

Evaluation of the COVID-19 Triage Results in an Education Family Practice Center

Yağmur Gökseven1, Berksu Cürebal2, Dilara Türköz3, Büşra Yazla4, Seda Ozmen5, Güzin Zeren Öztürk2, Banu Bayraktar6, Hacı Mustafa Özdemir7
1Department of Family Medicine, Hassa State Hospital, Hatay, Turkey
2Department of Family Medicine, Health Sciences University, Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
3Department of Family Medicine, Cide State Hospital, Kastamonu, Turkey
4Department of Family Medicine, Kalkandere State Hospital, Rize, Turkey
5Department of Family Medicine, Mesudiye State Hospital, Ordu, Turkey
6Department of Microbiology Clinics, Health Sciences University Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
7Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology Surgery, Health Sciences University, Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to evaluate the COVID-19 triage results of the admissions made by patients in a certain region to the Education Family Practice Center (E-FPC) during the pandemic period.
METHODS: Patients aged 18 years and above, who were applied to the E-FPC between March 12 and April 30, 2020, were included in the study. Every patient had filled in a triage form. Potential cases were referred to a high-level healthcare center. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and chest computed tomography (CT) results of the referred patients were followed up and noted.
RESULTS: Four hundred sixty-one patients were included in the study. Twenty-seven (5.9%) patients had a fever, 219 (47.5%) patients had a cough, 34 (7.4%) patients had dyspnea, and 305 (66.2%) patients had other symptoms. Eighty-six (18.6%) of the patients were admitted to the hospital for PCR test of which 15 (17.4%) had a positive test result. Seventy-one (15.4%) patients underwent a chest CT and 25 (35.2%) of them had results compatible with COVID-19. Fever was detected in 8 (53.3%) of the patients with a positive PCR result and in 6 (8.5%) patients with a negative PCR result (p<0.001). Dyspnea was detected in 13 (52.0%) patients whose chest CT results were compatible with COVID-19 and in 5 (10.9%) patients whose chest CT results were not compatible with COVID-19 (p<0.001).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Symptoms, CT imaging, and PCR results should be evaluated together in the diagnosis of COVID-19. Triage practices should be maintained in primary healthcare centers throughout the pandemic.

Keywords: COVID19, primary healthcare, triage.

Yağmur Gökseven, Berksu Cürebal, Dilara Türköz, Büşra Yazla, Seda Ozmen, Güzin Zeren Öztürk, Banu Bayraktar, Hacı Mustafa Özdemir. Evaluation of the COVID-19 Triage Results in an Education Family Practice Center. anatol j fm. 2022; 5(1): 12-16

Corresponding Author: Yağmur Gökseven, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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