INTRODUCTION: Our aim is 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: People aged 18 and above, who were admitted to the E-FPC are included in the study. Every patient had filled in a triage form. Potential cases were referred to a high-level health care center. PCR test and thorax CT results of the referred patients were followed up and noted. The statistical relation between the symptoms and the further examination results of the patients were analyzed. The SPSS 21 software was used for statistical analysis and p values <0.05 were accepted as significant.
RESULTS: During the study, the total number of admissions to the E-FPC was 9.423. After the triage, there were 461 participants aged 18 and above (min=18, max=84). 254 (55.1%) of them were female, 207 (44.9%) of them were male. 27 (5.9%) patients had fever, 219 (47.5%) patients had a cough, 34 (7.4%) patients had shortness of breath and 305 (66.2%) patients had other symptoms (sore throat, fatigue etc.). A statistically significant relationship was found between age and cough (p=0.000). 86 of the patients were admitted to the hospital for PCR test of which 15 (17.4%) had a positive test result. 71 patients underwent a thorax CT and 25 (35.2%) of them had results compatible with COVID-19.
A statistically significant relationship between both male gender and cough symptoms and PCR positivity was found (p=0.006 and p=0.000, respectively). A significant relationship was found between both fever and shortness of breath and thorax CT results (p=0.011 and p=0.000, respectively).
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 health care centers throughout the pandemic.