Table 1

Characteristics of PED visits

CharacteristicsAll PED visits, N=53 089Lausanne PED visits, N=31 519Bern PED visits, N=21 570
Median age (years, IQR)4 (0.5–7.5)4 (0.05–7.9)3.6 (0.2–7)
Age: <1 month849 (2%)356 (1%)493 (2%)
Age: 1–11 months7615 (14%)4049 (13%)3566 (17%)
Age: 12–23 months7262 (14%)4110 (13%)3152 (15%)
Age: 2–5 years16 051 (30%)9406 (30%)6645 (31%)
Age: 6–11 years13 208 (25%)8116 (26%)5092 (24%)
Age: 12–17 years8104 (17%)5482 (17%)2622 (12%)
Gender: female24 201 (46%)14 519 (46%)9682 (45%)
ATS 1180 (0%)6 (0%)174 (1%)
ATS 23181 (6%)765 (2%)2416 (11%)
ATS 38776 (17%)3150 (10%)5626 (26%)
ATS 415 356 (19%)6535 (21%)8821 (41%)
ATS 525 596 (48%)21 063 (67%)4533 (21%)
Imaging performed10 307 (19%)5192 (16%)5115 (24%)
Laboratory study performed9830 (19%)4129 (13%)5701 (26%)
Admissions5842 (11%)2774 (9%)3068 (14%)
Week-end visits16 656 (31%)9920 (31%)6736 (31%)
Evening visits (18:00–21:00 hours)14 379 (27%)7924 (25%)6455 (30%)
Night visits (22:00–8:00 hours)9195 (17%)4984 (16%)4211 (20%)
Residency <5 km from PED30 112 (57%)23 096 (73%)7016 (33%)
Low-acuity PED visits28 556 (54%)19 490 (62%)9066 (42%)
  • Values are median (IQR) or number (%).

  • Definition of low-acuity visits: Triage ATS 4 or 5, no laboratory nor imaging tests and no hospital admission.

  • ATS, Australasian Triage Scale; PED, paediatric emergency department.