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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics of ED patients with community-acquired Skin and Soft-tissue infections (SSTIs) by age group

From: All purulence is local – epidemiology and management of skin and soft tissue infections in three urban emergency departments

Demographic and clinical characteristics Pediatric (age < 18) Adult (age ≥18) p-value
  n = 191 n = 745  
  % % p<
Median age in years (IQR) 7 (0–17) 39 (18–89) p < 0.001
Gender    p < 0.02
Male 47.6 57.2  
Female 52.4 42.8  
Ethnicity/race    p < 0.001
White 52.9 67.9  
Black 22.0 17.6  
Hispanic/Other 25.1 14.5  
Health insurance status    p < 0.001
Private 36.6 33.4  
Governmental 44.5 31.3  
Both Private and Governmental 8.9 7.0  
Uninsured 10.0 28.3  
Infection type    p < 0.001
Abscess 38.3 41.9  
Cellulitis 44.0 51.0  
Furuncle 0.5 0.5  
Carbuncle 0.5 0.0  
Ulcer 0.5 0.3  
Other 16.2 6.3  
Previous assessment for this infection 28.3 25.8 p < 0.5
Previous antibiotic treatment for this infection 20.9 18.2 p < 0.4
  1. IQR = interquartile range.