Table 3

Reduction in paediatric visits to EDs during the peak pandemic period (17 March to 30 April 2020) as compared with the same time the prior year for a paediatric ED and general hospital EDs

TotalPaediatric hospitalGeneral hospitalsP value (χ2 test)
Total reduction in number of visits (%)15 119 (67%)3362 (57%)11 757 (70%)<0.001
Triage level reduction
 CTAS 1+22083 (58%)731 (52%)1352 (62%)<0.001
 CTAS 36303 (65%)1223 (54%)5080 (68%)<0.001
 CTAS 4+56733 (72%)1408 (62%)5325 (75%)<0.001
 Reduction in number of admissions to inpatient unit358 (40%)152 (34%)206 (46%)=0.07 (n.s.)
  • The percentages presented in brackets represent the per cent reduction in number of visits in that category between the peak pandemic period and the same period the prior year.

  • CTAS, Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale; ED, emergency department.