Skip to main content

Table 4 Descriptive statistics of the study participants

From: The cost of diagnostic uncertainty: a prospective economic analysis of febrile children attending an NHS emergency department

  Mean (SD) Median (IQR) Min Max
Age 3.28 (3.09) 2.17 (3.5) 4 days 15.98 years
Gender male (freq) 53.5% (3484)
Temperature 38.7 (1.07) 38.6 (1.7) 35 41.4
Respiratory rate (bpm) 29.95 (9.23) 28 (8) 14 188
Pulse (bpm) 138.7 (25.98) 138 (37) 22 250
Manchester Triage Scale (MTS) classification
 MTS green (freq) 47.52% (3097)
 MTS yellow (freq) 8.88% (579)
 MTS yellow/red (freq) 0.17% (11)    
 MTS orange (freq) 17.06% (1112)
 MTS orange/red (freq) 23.03% (1501)    
 MTS red (freq) 0.39% (27)
 MTS not recorded (freq) 2.9% (191)
Timings
 Time between booking and triage (min) 15.3 (14.7) 11 (18) 0 71
  < 10 47.8%    
  11–20 24.1%    
  21–40 20%    
  41–60 5.6%    
  > 61 2.5%    
 Time between triage and consultation (min) 67.9 (52) 55 (65) 0 609
  < 30 26.9%    
  31–60 27.7%    
  61–120 30.8%    
  121–180 11.4%    
  181–240 2.6%    
  > 240 0.6%    
 Time in ED post consultation (min) 68.4 (70.6) 45 (72) 0 630
  < 30 43.5%    
  30–60 15.1%    
  61–120 24.8%    
  121–180 9.7%    
  > 181 7%    
 Total time in ED (min) 151.6 (81.3) 135 (98) 16 729
  < 60 8.3%    
  61–120 32.7%    
  121–240 46.9%    
  241–360 9.6%    
  > 361 2.5%    
 Inpatient length of stay (days)
  Not hospitalised 93.51%    
  1–3 3.42%    
  4–7 2.43%    
  8+ 0.63%    
Re-attendance (freq) 3.43% (224)
Afterhours (freq) 88.9% (5798)
Winter (freq) 60.1% (3918)
Reviewing clinician     
 APNP 2.73% (178)
 Consultant 7.99% (521)
 Foundation years 1 and 2 0.91% (59)
 Registrar 22.05% (1437)
 ST1-3 66.32% (4323)