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Table 2 Characteristics of Emergency Department visits by telehealth group pre and post-delivery of the telehealth strategy

From: Video-telehealth to support clinical assessment and management of acutely unwell older people in Residential Aged Care: a pre-post intervention study

Variable   Pre-intervention control
(n = 461)
Post-intervention control
(n = 435)
Pre-intervention telehealth
(n = 201)
Post -intervention telehealth
(n = 174)
Total
(N = 1271)
Sex Female 297 (64%) 291 (67%) 133 (66%) 121 (70%) 842 (66%)
Arrived by ambulance Yes 423 (92%) 403 (93%) 185 (92%) 166 (95%) 1177 (93%)
Triage category Resuscitation 9 (2.0%) 4 (0.9%) 0 (0%) 3 (1.7%) 16 (1.3%)
Emergency 62 (13%) 74 (17%) 26 (13%) 26 (15%) 188 (15%)
Urgent 153 (33%) 141 (32%) 73 (36%) 56 (32%) 423 (33%)
Semi-urgent 215 (47%) 202 (46%) 92 (46%) 84 (48%) 593 (47%)
Non-urgent 22 (4.8%) 14 (3.2%) 10 (5.0%) 5 (2.9%) 51 (4.0%)
Disposition Critical care ward 22 (4.8%) 22 (5.1%) 10 (5.0%) 12 (6.9%) 66 (5.2%)
Discharged 190 (41%) 154 (35%) 75 (37%) 57 (33%) 476 (37%)
General ward 232(50%) 229 (53%) 113 (56%) 99 (57%) 673 (53%)
Transferred to other hospital 14 (3.0%) 20 (4.6%) 3 (1.5%) 6 (3.4%) 43 (3.4%)
Triage diagnosis Carer Concern 28 (6.3%) 22 (5.4%) 6 (3.1%) 8 (4.8%) 64 (5.3%)
Chest pain 17 (3.8%) 10 (2.5%) 10 (5.2%) 8 (4.8%) 45 (3.7%)
Collapse/Syncope 11 (2.5%) 9 (2.2%) 6 (3.1%) 2 (1.2%) 28 (2.3%)
Confusion 22 (5.0%) 26 (6.4%) 8 (4.1%) 6 (3.6%) 62 (5.1%)
Fall, Unspecified 114 (26%) 115 (28%) 54 (28%) 53 (32%) 336 (28%)
Fever 9 (2.0%) 20 (4.9%) 4 (2.1%) 6 (3.6%) 39 (3.2%)
Injury 26 (5.9%) 18 (4.4%) 14 (7.3%) 14 (8.4%) 72 (6.0%)
Other 151 (34%) 117 (29%) 64 (33%) 42 (25%) 374 (31%)
Pain - Abdominal 12 (2.7%) 11 (2.7%) 7 (3.6%) 5 (3.0%) 35 (2.9%)
Respiratory - Cough 10 (2.3%) 14 (3.5%) 4 (2.1%) 8 (4.8%) 36 (3.0%)
Respiratory - Shortness of Breath 33 (7.4%) 33 (8.1%) 11 (5.7%) 12 (7.2%) 89 (7.4%)
Urinary Problems 11 (2.5%) 10 (2.5%) 5 (2.6%) 3 (1.8%) 29 (2.4%)
Died in hospital Yes 29 (6.3%) 53 (12%) 12 (6.0%) 13 (7.5%) 107(7.9%)
Age median (Q1, Q3) 87 (83, 91) 87 (82, 91) 87 (83, 91) 89 (84, 92) 87 (83, 91)
Length of stay ED (mins) median (Q1, Q3) 369 (246, 566) 337 (235, 508) 350 (239, 587) 371 (255, 518) 356 (239, 549)