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Table 1 Characteristics of patients over the age of 75 years seen in the ED from 1st July 2010 to 30th June 2011 compared to 1st July 2011 to 30th June 2012 and those seen by the OPTA within the ED between 1st July 2011 and 1st July 2012

From: An assistant workforce to improve screening rates and quality of care for older patients in the emergency department: findings of a pre- post, mixed methods study

Characteristic 2010/11 2011/12 Subset Seen by OPTA (2011/12)
Total number of patient presentations over the age of 75 years 8455 8287 4563 (53%)
Number of individual patients 5835 5667 3542
Age in years: Mean (SD) 83 (5) 84 (5) 84 (5)
Age in years: Median (min, max) 83 (75,101) 83 (76,101) 83 (76, 101)
ED Length of stay in minutes: Mean (SD) 455 (265) 450 (257) 524 (278)
ED Length of stay in minutes: Median (min, max) 415 (3,2691) 412 (5,1899) 465 (41, 1931)
Australasian Triage Category: 1-Resuscitation 97 (1.1%) 95 (1.1%) 23 (< 0.1%)
2-Emergency 1156 (14%) 1068 (13%) 579 (13%)
3-Urgent 2719 (32%) 2761 (33%) 1753 (38%)
4-Semi-Urgent 3999 (47%) 3940 (48%) 2113 (46%)
5-Non-urgent 484 (6%) 423 (5%) 95 (2.1%)
Discharged from ED 5776 (68%) 5660 (68%) 1161 (25%)
Admitted to hospital 2679 (32%) 2627 (32%) 3402 (75%)