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Table 1 Basic demographic characteristics of patients

From: Pattern of emergency department visits by elderly patients: study from a tertiary care hospital, Karachi

  18-60 yrs
(N = 41,574)
> 60 yrs
(N = 13,014)
p-value
  n (%) n (%)  
Age (mean) 37.2 70.9 < 0.001
Gender
Female 20,202 (48.6) 6217 (47.8) 0.102
Male 21,372 (51.4) 6797 (52.2)  
Triage Category
P1 5595 (13.4) 3032 (23.2) < 0.001
P2 6045 (14.5) 3586 (27.5)  
P3 21,815 (52.4) 4603 (35.3)  
P4 6616 (16) 930 (7.1)  
P5 432 (1.1) 79 (0.6)  
Day of presentation
Weekday 28,659 (68.9) 9162 (70.4) 0.002
Weekend 12,915 (31.1) 3852 (29.6)  
Shift of presentation
7 am to 3 pm (Morning Shift) 13,282 (31.9) 4602 (35.4) < 0.001
3 pm to 11 pm (Evening Shift) 16,655 (40.1) 5175 (39.8)  
11 pm to 7 am (Night Shift ) 11,637 (28) 3237 (24.9)  
Return visits
First visit 41,273 (99.3) 12,952 (99.5) 0.002
Bounce back visit 301 (0.7) 62 (0.5)  
Disposition from ED
Admitted 9952 (23.9) 5131(39.4) < 0.001
Dead on arrival 252 (0.6) 284 (2.2)  
Expired 297 (0.7) 300 (2.3)  
LAMA 2245 (5.4) 887 (6.8)  
Sent home 28,408 (68.3) 6235 (48)  
Transferred out 420 (1) 186 (1.4)  
Inpatient care level
General 8837 (88.8) 4117 (80.2) < 0.001
Intensive 378 (3.8) 324 (6.3)  
Special 737 (7.4) 690 (13.4)  
Median length of stay in ED (in minutes)
P1 345 476 <0.001
P2 375 430 <0.001
P3 253 339 <0.001
P4 62 96 <0.001
P5 27 50 0.003