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Table 4 Emergency department Presentations (EDP) during study perioda

From: Health service utilisation during the last year of life: a prospective, longitudinal study of the pathways of patients with chronic kidney disease stages 3-5

Variables of Interest N = 19 All 44 EDP # EDP (% All EDP) n = 9 Conservative 13 EDP # EDP (% Group’s EDP) n = 10 Dialysis 31 EDP # EDP (% Group’ EDP)
Hospital
 1 26 (59) 2 (15) 24 (77)
 2 17 (39) 11 (85) 6 (19)
 3 1 (2) 0 (0) 1 (3)
Main modes of arrival
 Ambulance 39 (89) 10 (77) 29 (94)
 Walk in 4 (9) 3 (23) 1 (3)
After-hours presentationsb 26 (61) 7 (16) 19 (43)
Triage category
 Category 1 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
 Category 2 17 (39) 1 (8) 16 (52)
 Category 3 23 (52) 10 (77) 13 (42)
 Category 4 3 (7) 2 (15) 1 (3)
 Category 5 1 (2) 0 (0) 1 (3)
Departure status
 Admitted 32 (73) 9 (69) 23 (74)
 Transfer to other hospital 4 (9) 1 (8) 3 (10)
 Home 4c (9) 3 (23) 12 (3)
 Dialysis clinic 4 (9) N/A 4 (13)
Length of stay in ED (hours)
 Median (range) 6.4 (1.8 - 24.8) 5 (3.1 - 13.1) 1.5 (1.8 - 24.8)
Number of EDP per patient
 Median (range) 1 (0-12) 1 (0-4) 2 (0-12)
  n (% All Patients) n (% Group) n (% Group)
0 4 (21) 2 (22) 2 (20)
1-2 8 (42) 5 (56) 3 (30)
3-5 6 (32) 2 (22) 4 (40)
6 + 1 (5) 0 (0) 1 (10)
  1. Note: Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding
  2. EDP Emergency department presentation/s
  3. aAs per EDIS data
  4. bAfter-hours defined as between the hours of 5 pm and 7 am on week days plus all weekend days and public holidays
  5. cIncludes one patient who declined admission