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Table 6 Health service utilisation by patient age and MTS score

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

  Inpatient Length of stay (days)# Any test Blood culture X-ray Urine sample Review by consultant
Age
 0–3 months 34.11% 5.67 51.16% 28.70% 9.30% 39.53% 10.07%
 3–6 months 15.66% 5.34 40.92% 11.03% 12.10% 32.74% 5.69%
 6–12 months 6.34% 3.83 31.98% 2.01% 9.12% 23.24% 8.64%
 1–3 years 5.36% 4.05 29.74% 2.52% 10.88% 18.37% 7.64%
 3–6 years 4.01% 4.02 28.70% 3.03% 9.43% 13.70% 8.14%
 6–10 years 4.53% 3.78 34.08% 3.67% 9.61% 17.25% 8.76%
 10–16 years 7.96% 4.73 42.22% 8.88% 10.15% 15.87% 7.3%
p value 0.0001§ 0.0001* 0.0001§ 0.0001§ 0.5370§ 0.0001§ 0.1342§
MTS classification
 Green 2.61% 3.88 24.59% 1.51% 5.68% 16.17% 8.06%
 Yellow 13.64% 4.64 43.52% 7.42% 11.91% 23.48% 9.32%
 Orange 17.27% 4.23 44.6% 10.07% 23.2% 19.15% 8.45%
 Red 30.77% 2.63 26.92% 15.38% 11.53% 11.53% 23.07%
p value 0.0001§ 0.0001# 0.0001§ 0.0001§ 0.0001§ 0.0023§  
  1. #Mean length of stay among those admitted for at least 1 day
  2. *Kruskal-Wallis test
  3. §Chi-squared test