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Original Article
The Duration of Fasting in Ramadan Affects the Admissions to Emergency Department
1 Department of Emergency, Baskent University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey  
2 Department of Emergency, Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey  
3 Department of Emergency, Sivas Numune Hospital, Sivas, Turkey  
Eurasian J Emerg Med ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/eajem.2018.19480
Key Words: Crisis management, emergencies, fasting, ramadan.
Abstract

Aim: One of the ways that Muslims worship in Ramadan is fasting. The fasting people may prefer to receive health services in the period between iftar and pre-dawn meal due to the concern that their fasting may be broken with the medical interventions to be administered. For this reason, the work-load of emergency departments which serve for continuous 24 hours may increase in Ramadan. We have not encountered any study analyzing by comparing the emergency visits in the seasons when the period between iftar and pre-dawn is the shortest and longest. We aimed to compare the characteristics of visits to adult emergency department between those in the year of 2016 which included the longest fasting time, and those in the year of 2000 which included the shortest.


Materials and Methods
: We included patient visits made in the Ramadan months of 2000 and 2016.


Results
: There was a statistically significant difference between the total visit numbers to emergency in the Ramadan months of 2000 and 2016 (p <0.001). Also, there was a statistically significant difference in terms of the numbers of complaints between the Ramadan months of 2000 and 2016 (p <0.001).


Conclusion
: Our study results can be useful for management of emergency department and risk estimation.    

 


Cite this article as
: Kayipmaz AE, Celikel E, Kavalci C, Ozbay S, Coskun A. The Duration of Fasting in Ramadan Affects the Admissions to Emergency Department. Eurasian J Emerg Med 2018; DOI: 10.5152/eajem.2018.19480

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