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Table 2 Clinical characteristics of elderly patients admitted following an ED visit

From: Outcome of elderly emergency department patients hospitalised on weekends - a retrospective cohort study

  Week admissions
N = 2114
Weekend admissions
N = 629
No. of admissions per triage level **
 Urgent (%) 333 (15.8) 126 (20.0)
 Moderate (%) 1165 (55.1) 372 (59.1)
 Low (%) 603 (28.5) 126 (20.0)
 No triage (%) 13 (0.6) 5 (0.8)
ED diagnosis
 Aspecific complaints (%) 631 (29.8) 189 (30.0)
 Circulatory/respiratory (%) 247 (11.7) 66 (10.5)
 Infectious (%) 189 (8.9) 65 (10.3)
 Digestive (%) 187 (8.8) 67 (10.7)
 Miscellaneous (%) 187 (8.8) 68 (10.8)
 Neoplasm/haematological (%) 186 (8.8) 42 (6.7)
 Endocrine/metabolic (%) 174 (8.2) 36 (5.7)
 Genitourinary (%) 146 (6.9) 47 (7.5)
 Unknown (%) 167 (7.9) 49 (7.8)
Initial vital signs, median (range)
 Systolic pressure (mmHg) 138 (64–270) 137 (50–270)
 Not measured (%) 82 (3.9) 16 (2.5)
 Heart rate (min−1) 84.0 (35–180) 84.0 (46–200)
 Not measured (%) 404 (19.1) 145 (23.1)
Laboratory, median (range)
 No laboratory test (%) 96 (4.5) 25 (4.0)
 CRP (mg/L) 36.0 (0.1–674) 39.0 (0.1–674)
 CRP not measured (%) 20 (0.9) 3 (0.5)
 Leucocytes (× 103/mm3) 9.4 (0.2–239) 9.2 (0.2–198)
 Leucocytes not measured (%) 11 (0.5) 1 (0.2)
  1. P-values for week versus weekend admission, using the Chi-square test, unpaired t-test (normally distributed) or Mann-Whitney U test (not normally distributed). * = 0.001 < p < 0.05. ** = p < 0.001
  2. SD standard deviation, CCI Charlson comorbidity index, ED emergency department, ED-LOS emergency department length of stay, LOS length of stay