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Table 1 Characteristics of pre-HEINTS and HEINTS patients

From: The use of a dedicated neurological triage system improves process times and resource utilization: a prospective observational study from an interdisciplinary emergency department

  pre-HEINTS (N = 299) HEINTS (N = 300) p value
Demographics
 age, mean (SD) 54,7 (1.24) 56.9 (1.20) 0.186
 gender, male, N (%) 136 (45.5) 153 (51.0) 0.191
Mode of presentation, N (%)
 self-presenting 123 (41.1) 105/298 (35.2)  
 EMS ± physician 176 (58.9) 193/298 (64.8) 0.152
Acuity, N (%)
 acute 181/295 (61.4) 185 (61.7)  
 not acute 114/295 (38.6) 115 (37.3) 1.000
Process times, min (%)
 door-to-doctor time, min (SD) 45.8 (5.91) 36.7 (3.42) 0.186
 treatment duration, min (SD) 288.1 (12.57) 136.2 (6.60) <.001
Resource utilization, N (%)
 CT 118 (39.5) 92 (30.7) 0.023
 MRI 67 (22.4) 59 (19.7) 0.409
 lumbar puncture 15 (5.0) 9 (3.0) 0.205
 laboratory examination 287 (96.0) 273 (91.0) 0.006
 ECG 188 (62.9) 158 (52.7) 0.011
  ≥ 1 consultation 136 (45.5) 102 (34.0) 0.004
Disposition, N (%)
 hospital admission 137 (45.8) 139 (46.3) 0.900
 discharge 148 (49.5) 149 (49.7) 0.967
 DAMA 10 (3.3) 8 (2.7) 0.627
 LWBS 4 (1.4) 4 (1.3) 1.000
  1. CT computed tomography, DAMA discharge against medical advice, ECG electrocardiogram, EMS emergency medical service, HEINTS Heidelberg Neurological Triage System, LWBS left without being seen, MRI magnetic resonance imaging