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Table 1 Characteristics of the patients admitted to the two emergency departments in Geneva and who underwent plain abdominal radiography

From: Overuse of plain abdominal radiography in emergency departments: a retrospective cohort study

Characteristic Total
N = 1997
Age
 - mean (SD) 59.7 (22.2)
 - median (IQR) 59 (41–80)
 - >  65 years, n (%) 862 (43.1%)
 - > 85 years, n (%) 314 (15.7%)
Male/female ratio (%) 46.9%/53.1%
Acuity level according to the SETS
 - 1 3.5%
 - 2 29.5%
 - 3 65.0%
 - 4 2.0%
Reasons for consultation
 - Abdominal pain 45.2%
 - Constipation 6.3%
 - Vomiting/diarrhoea 5.6%
 - Gastrointestinal bleeding 2.5%
 - Foreign body ingestion 1.5%
 - Renal compartment pain 8.4%
 - Urological disorder 2.8%
 - Acute confusion 1.5%
 - Neurological disorder 3.4%
 - Febrile state 2.1%
 - Diminished general status 6.1%
 - Cardiopulmonary disorder 6.9%
 - Trauma 1.7%
 - Others 6.0%
  1. SETS Swiss Emergency Triage Scale