Original Article

A Retrospective Analysis of Patients who Visited the Emergency Department and Left by Their Own Choice in a University Hospital


  • Mustafa Serinken
  • İbrahim Türkcüer
  • Mert Özen
  • Emrah Uyanık
  • Hayri Eliçabuk
  • Emre Karslı

Received Date: 17.12.2012 Accepted Date: 09.02.2013 Eurasian J Emerg Med 2013;12(3):126-129


In this study, we aimed to identify the properties of patients who visited the emergency department and left of their own accord.

Material and Methods:

Patients who visited the emergency department and left by their own choice for any reason were evaluated retrospectively.


In this study, 1140 patients (57.7% male) were enrolled with a mean age of 40.5±14.9 years. Patients were admitted due to poisoning, abdominal pain and chest pain at rates of 23.2%, 16.4% and 15.1% respectively. It was found that 673 patients (59.0%) left because of being denied medical observation or treatment, and 215 patients (18.9%) left because of consultants running late.


Necessary arrangements must be put in place to reduce the number of patients who leave the emergency department by choice, prior to being discharged by a clinician.

Keywords: Emergency service, denial of treatment, leave