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Intravenous drug abusers attending an inner city accident and emergency department.
  1. R M Makower,
  2. A G Pennycook,
  3. C Moulton
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

    Abstract

    In a 3-month prospective study, intravenous drug abusers represented 1.14% of all new attendances at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. They generated a significant workload and were often difficult to identify. A very high proportion required surgery or other invasive procedures. The clinical and epidemiological characteristics of the patients were often unexpected. The risks to staff and other implications for the A&E department are discussed.

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