Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
SANTOS, Edinilza Ribeiro dos et al. Scenario of the service to damage provoked by accidents and violence against elderly at SUS in Manaus (AM, Brazil). Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.6, pp. 2741-2752. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000600012.
The aim of this article is to describe the public service of Manaus to elderly, either victims of accidents or violence, on three levels of service (32 pre-hospital, 5 hospital and 5 rehabilitation). It is a descriptive study with a quantitative and qualitative approach, where 42 health units were investigated. The results reveal that the emergency services department presents a better physical structure. The organization concerning these matters is still incipient in Manaus. It was detected scarcity in the number of hospital beds and vacancies in the intensive care unit to offer the continuity of the treatment. There's a need for professional qualifications and medical specialties to attend elderly admitted due to injury. Very little has been done in the prevention area. Data entry and notification appear as one of the weakest points on the three levels of attention. The most critical point is related to hospitalization, being this level of attention largely mentioned by managers and health professionals as in great need for re-structuring.
Keywords : Violence against elderly; Accidents; Public health services.