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Volume 9, Number 3—March 2003

Dispatch

The National Capitol Region’s Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance System: 
Do Chief Complaint and Discharge Diagnosis Yield Different Results?

Elizabeth M. Begier*, Denise Sockwell†, Leslie M. Branch†, John O. Davies-Cole‡, LaVerne H. Jones‡, Leslie Edwards§, Julie A. Casani§, and David Blythe§Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; †Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia, USA; ‡District of Columbia Department of Health, Washington, D.C., USA; §Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Table 2

Emergency department visits by syndromic-coding results, by chief complaint and discharge diagnosis, at two U.S. National Capitol Region hospitals, December 2001a,b

Syndrome by
chief complaint Syndrome by discharge diagnosis
Death Sepsis Rash Resp GI UI Neur Other Total
Death
6
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
9
Sepsis
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Rash
0
0
25
2
0
2
0
25
54
Respiratory
2
1
0
339
6
18
0
158
524
Gastrointestinal
0
1
0
18
314
15
1
170
519
Unspecified infection
0
5
0
20
5
56
1
64
151
Neurological
0
2
0
1
0
0
2
27
32
Other
2
7
6
36
38
14
9
2,517
2,629
Total 10 18 31 416 363 105 13 2,963 3,919

aResp, respiratory; GI, gastrointestinal; UI, unspecified infection; Neur, neurologic.
bAreas in bold indicate counts of visits with concordant results for both data types.

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