ISSN 2149-5807 | E-ISSN 2149-6048
Original Article
The Duration of Fasting in Ramadan Affects the Admissions to the Emergency Department
1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Baskent University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey  
2 Department of Emergency Medicine, Health Sciences University Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey  
3 Clinic of Emergency Medicine, Sivas Numune Hospital, Sivas, Turkey  
Eurasian J Emerg Med 2018; 17: 178-181
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 by fasting. People who are fasting may prefer to receive health services in the period between iftar and pre-dawn meal owing to the concern that their fasting may be interrupted with the medical interventions to be administered. For this reason, the workload of emergency departments that serve for continuous 24 h may increase in Ramadan. We have not encountered any study analyzing the comparison of 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 the adult emergency department between those in the year 2016 that included the longest fasting time and those in the year 2000 that included the shortest fasting time.


Materials and Methods
: Patient visits made in the Ramadan months in the years 2000 and 2016 were included in the study.


Results
: There was a statistically significant difference between the total number of visits to the emergency department in the Ramadan months of 2000 and 2016 (p<0.001). Moreover, 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
: The results of our study can be useful for the 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 the Emergency Department. Eurasian J Emerg Med. 2018; 17 (4): 178-81.

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