Table 3

Comparison of effectiveness between the two triage systems

HospitalisationER expenses (NT dollars)
Ped-TTSPed-TTASPed-TTSPed-TTAS
%OR* (95% CI)%OR* (95% CI)Median (Q1, Q3)β† (95% CI)Median (Q1, Q3)β† (95% CI)
Triage
 126.09%1.0027.83%1.001869 (1515, 3393)2295 (1894, 3819)
 228.77%1.13 (1.06 to 1.20)36.39%1.37 (1.25 to 1.50)1613 (1248, 3227)−0.12 (−0.13 to−0.10)2573 (1601.5, 3801)−0.04 (−0.06 to −0.02)
 320.09%0.77 (0.72 to 0.82)21.86%0.77 (0.72 to 0.82)1348 (1067, 2530)−0.29 (−0.30 to−0.27)1510 (1227, 2936)−0.34 (−0.35 to −0.32)
 414.63%0.57 (0.52 to 0.63)15.56%0.55 (0.50 to 0.59)1050 (895, 2208)−0.46 (−0.48 to −0.45)1293 (1044, 2467)−0.50 (−0.52 to −0.48)
 58.94%0.33 (0.27 to 0.39)1055 (910, 1376)−0.72 (−0.75 to −0.70)
Trend0.85 (0.83 to 0.87)0.78 (0.77 to 0.80)−0.15 (−0.15 to −0.14)−0.17 (−0.18 to −0.17)
  • *Dependent variable: hospitalization (Y/N); performed with multiple logistic regression analysis adjusted by age, sex and chief complaints.

  • †Dependent variable: ln(ED expenses); performed with multiple linear regression analysis adjusted by age, sex and chief complaints.

  • ED, emergency department; Ped-TTS, Paediatric Taiwan Triage System; Ped-TTAS, Paediatric Triage and Acuity System.