Skip to main content

Table 1 Patient characteristics and results of x-ray interpretation

From: Errors in fracture diagnoses in the emergency department – characteristics of patients and diurnal variation

Fracture diagnoses (2002–2004) False Positive False negative Sum Diagnostic Errors Control group P
N 21 40 61 100  
Male: Female 8:13 19:21 27:34 50:50 NS
Age Yrs (s. d.) 31 (20.6) 45.1 (27.7) 40.2 (26.2) 44.7 (27.3) NS
First ED visit between 8 pm – 2 am* 13 13 26 20 <0.005
X-ray on first ED visit 21 33 54 99 <0.005
Doubt of x-ray interpretation noted by intern 13 13 26 9 <0.001
Seen only by an intern 14 23 37 86 NS
Intern + a resident 4 14 18 10 <0.05
Intern + a consultant (surgery or radiology) 3 3 6 1 NS
  1. *Digits not available for all patients