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Admission Patterns and Outcomes of Paediatric Patients Admitted at the Diarrhea Unit of Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH )

Sanyiwa, J. and Penza, N. (2008) Admission Patterns and Outcomes of Paediatric Patients Admitted at the Diarrhea Unit of Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH ). Dar Es Salaam Medical Students' Journal. ISSN 0856-7212

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Abstract

To determine patterns of admissions due to diarrhea and their outcomes of paediatric patients at uhimbili National Hospital (MNH). A hospital-based prospective study including all children admitted to the Diarrhea Unit during the study period. Data was collected using content analysis checklists. Ethical clearance was sought from MNH and confidentiality in handling the information was observed. Data was analyzed using Epi-info 2002 statistical software. A total of 50 children were admitted during the study period. Acute watery diarrhea was the commonest type of diarrhea (90%). Most of the patients stayed in the ward for 4 to 10 days. Commonly associated diseases apart from diarrhea were found to be alaria, pneumonia and malnutrition. Over half of children succumbed to the illness. The diarrhea mortality among children at the MNH diarrhea unit as reflected in this study was very high.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Paediatric patients, Diarrhea unit, Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), Diarrhea mortality, Children
Subjects: Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
Divisions: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 12:37
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 12:37
URI: http://ihi.eprints.org/id/eprint/3146

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