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Table 1 Sample dataset - descriptive statistics and cost composition by triage code

From: Definition of a prospective payment system to reimburse emergency departments

  Triage code  
  White Green Yellow Red All
Obs 81(8.01%) 689(68.15%) 219(21.66%) 22(2.18%) 1011(100%)
Bio & Clinical variables (mean values)
Age 37.83 45.64 64.13 76.18 49.68
[33.91 – 41.74] a [44.11 - 47.17] [61.24 - 67.01] [68.36 - 84.00] [48.30 - 51.06]
Gender (female) 0.64 0.50 0.52 0.45 0.51
[0.54 - 0.75] [0.46 - 0.53] [0.45 - 0.59] [0.23 - 0.68] [0.48 - 0.54]
Time elapsing between 1st exam. and exit 0.52 1.90 4.49 2.18 2.35
[-0.04 - 1.07] [1.70 - 2.10] [3.76 - 5.22] [1.55 - 2.80] [2.13 - 2.54]
N. of non-lab. prescr.. 1.90 3.14 5.08 6.95 3.54
[1.77 - 2.03] [3.02 - 3.26] [4.72 - 5.43] [5.96 - 7.95] [3.41 - 3.67]
N.of lab. prescr. 0.09 0.38 1.14 1.14 0.54
[0.01 - 0.16] [0.33 - 0.43] [1.03 - 1.26] [0.98 - 1.29] [0.49 - 0.59]
N. of lab tests 0.49 3.42 11.88 13.36 5.23
[-0.04 - 1.03] [2.97 - 3.87] [10.99 - 12.76] [11.22 - 15.51] [4.80 - 5.67]
Lab tests per each lab prescr. 5.71 8.96 10.40 11.76 9.71
Time devoted to patients 3.96 7.84 14.49 19.23 9.22
  [2.58 - 5.34] [7.39 - 8.29] [13.26 - 15.73] [11.26 - 27.19] [8.73 - 9.72]
Cost variables (mean values)    
Total cost 87.83 189.38 340.54 407.39 218.73
[77.08 - 98.58] [181.98 - 196.77] [320.83 - 360.24] [350.41 - 464.37] [210.48 - 226.98]
Medical Doctors 21.02 35.00 59.14 68.80 39.84
[19.75 - 22.30] [34.24 - 35.77] [57.55 - 60.73] [64.73 - 72.87] [38.87 - 40.82]
Nurses- other Personnel- Admin Staff. 19.17 32.89 55.46 63.96 37.36
[17.98 - 20.35] [32.16 - 33.62] [53.97 - 56.96] [60.14 - 67.78] [36.43 - 38.28]
Mortgages. Kitchen & Laundry. Clean & other exp. 1.45 5.66 12.86 6.69 6.91
[-0.02 - 2.92] [5.13 - 6.21] [10.93 - 14.81] [4.77 - 8.62] [6.31 - 7.52]
Health services. Surg. & Med. devices. Drugs 0.42 3.07 4.93 4.38 3.29
[0.13 - 0.73] [2.87 - 3.27] [4.44 - 5.42] [3.12 - 5.64] [3.10 - 3.48]
X-ray 8.26 50.77 97.90 103.85 58.72
[0.32 - 16.21] [46.06 - 55.48] [83.13 - 112.67] [55.61 - 152.10] [53.82 - 63.64]
Non-Lab tests 33.61 34.41 50.60 99.01 39.26
[30.86 - 36.37] [33.06 - 35.77] [47.12 - 54.09] [75.32 - 122.70] [37.79 - 40.73]
Lab tests 1.14 8.02 28.27 32.85 12.40
  [-0.04 - 2.32] [6.99 - 9.07] [26.09 - 30.46] [27.39 - 38.31] [11.37 - 13.44]
  1. a 95% confidence intervals for means.