This is a retrospective descriptive study that will describe the spectrum of injuries of the victims of the Beirut tragedy. It will be conducted through the review of the charts of the patients who presented as casualties for care at the Emergency Department of the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) on the night of August 4th, 2020 after 6 pm and the following weeks of this month. The charts of around 700 patients will be reviewed. The medical records at AUBMC will be accessed through EPIC. EPIC is a protected and constantly audited online software that contain all AUBMC patient charts. Various clinical and epidemiologic data will be collected including data pertaining to age, gender, presentation, different types of injuries, infection with COVID 19, diagnoses, procedures, management, treatment plans, and outcomes.
The aim of the study
is to describe the spectrum of injuries seen in the blast victims, with an
emphasis on the epidemiology, gender, age group, means of arrival and clinical
characteristics. We also plan on describing the patient flow on the day of the
blast and during the following weeks of August.
Inclusion criteria: The study population includes all patients who presented to the Emergency Department at AUBMC with complaints related to the explosion on the night of August 4 2020 after 6:10 pm and all following weeks of this month.
Time period of record review: from 4 August 2020 to 31 August 2020.
Criteria for inclusion/exclusion:
The study population includes patients who
presented as casualties for care at the Emergency Department at AUBMC on the
night of August 4 2020 after 6:10 pm and the following weeks of this month.
More specifically, all patients (around 700) who presented in August with
complaints related to the explosion will be included in the study sample.