Table 2

Comparison of patients visiting from 16 July to 4 November 2011 and 2012

CharacteristicPatients visiting in 2011
(n=4598)
Patients visiting in 2012
(n=3733)
p Value
Male2588 (56.3)2092 (56.0)0.82
Age<0.01
<12 months88 (1.9)612 (16.4)
 1–3 years1576 (34.3)1251 (33.5)
 4–6 years1480 (32.2)958 (25.7)
 7–15 years1454 (31.6)912 (24.4)
Transfer from another hospital803 (17.5)389 (10.4)<0.01
Arrival by ambulance91 (2.0)65 (1.7)0.42
Alert mental status4584 (99.7)3724 (99.8)0.82
OPD appointments1381 (30.0)1030 (27.6)0.02
Discharge medication3869 (84.1)2982 (79.9)<0.01
EDLOS<0.01
 <3 h3260 (70.9)2428 (65.0)
>3 h1338 (29.1)1305 (35.0)
EDLOS (min), (IQR)115.0 (67.0–196.0)128.0 (70.0–227.0)<0.01
Return visits202 (4.4)97 (2.6)<0.01
Admission after return visit45 (22.3)17 (17.5)0.37
  • Values are n (%) unless otherwise stated.

  • EDLOS, emergency department length of stay; OPD, outpatient department.