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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the study cohort

From: Examining the translational success of an initiative to accelerate the assessment of chest pain for patients in an Australian emergency department: a pre-post study

CharacteristicPre-Implementation*
(n = 5764)
Post-Implementation*
(n = 6866)
Difference
(95% CI)
Mean age (SD)61.0 (17.2)58.1 (17.0)−2.9 (−3.5 to − 2.1)
Male sex3366 (58.4%)4034 (58.8%)0.4% (−1.6 to 2.3)
Mean time to zero-hour troponin (SD)0.5 (0.3)0.5 (0.3)0.0 (−0.0 to 0.0)
Presented after work hours3325 (57.7%)3729 (54.3%)−3.4% (−5.2 to −1.6)
Troponin >99th percentile on zero- or two-hour test1877 (32.6%)1412 (20.6%)−12% (− 13.8 to − 10.2)
Disposition from ED
 Admitted to inpatient ward3364 (58.4%)3366 (49.0%)−9.3% (−11.2 to −7.5)
 Admitted to short stay2005 (34.8%)2439 (35.5%)0.7% (−1.0 to 2.5)
 Discharged home371 (6.4%)1010 (14.7%)8.3% (7.2 to 9.4)
 Left against medical advice24 (0.4%)51 (0.7%)0.3% (0.1 to 0.6)
  1. CI confidence interval, SD standard deviation, ED emergency department
  2. *Data are mean (SD) for continuous variables and n (%) for categorical variables
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