'Yes wee can'- a nurse-driven asymptomatic screening program for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in a remote emergency department

Adam Mossenson, Kathryn Algie, Melanie Olding, Linda Garton, Carole Reeve

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    Abstract

    Background: A nurse-driven, urine-based screening program for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamyida trachomatis was conducted in a remote emergency department targeting asymptomatic youth. Methods: Individuals who presented to the Emergency Department with non-genitourinary complaints between the ages of 16 and 34 were offered free opportunistic urinary testing for gonorrhoea and chlamydia. Results: In total, 178 eligible patients were offered screening, 65% consented for testing and 14 patients (12%) returned positive results, with 10 diagnoses of chlamydia, 9 of gonorrhoea and 5 with both. Discussion: Emergency departments are an underutilised interface between difficult to reach at risk youth populations and public health services.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)194-195
    Number of pages2
    JournalSexual Health
    Volume9
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • Australia
    • opportunistic testing
    • STI

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