TABLE 3

Management and Care Received by Transferred Patients

Direct ED Discharge, n = 5645, %Admit <24 h, n = 3887, %Admit >24 h, n = 13 359, %
Medications/IV fluids
 Antipyretics/analgesics25.153.964.1
 Antiemetics8.225.827.0
 Antibiotics
   Oral3.06.519.7
   IV4.225.550.0
 Steroids3.417.326.4
 Inhaled medications6.710.318.9
 Topical agent12.531.949.3
 Any oral medication22.757.174.5
 Any IV medication (including fluids)33.975.982.4
  IV fluids11.956.368.0
Work up
 Blood studies17.748.982.5
 Urine studies11.720.338.7
 Radiologic studies
   Plain radiograph33.645.455.9
   Ultrasound5.98.224.3
   Computed tomography7.612.521.2
   MRI0.73.410.9
   Interventional radiology3.810.214.1
 Electrocardiogram3.76.210.0
 Received 1 or more of acetaminophen, ibuprofen, ondansetron, or a plain radiograph (no other treatments, tests, or procedures)33.05.51.7
 No medications, testing, or procedures20.72.70.5
 Procedures by ED physician (Current Procedural Terminology codes)a
   Laceration repair2.81.2<0.1
   Lumbar puncture0.30.90.6
   Abscess drainage0.40.30.1
   Splint1.71.00.1
   Conscious sedation5.51.40.9
   Cast3.91.4<0.1
  • IV, intravenous.

  • a Because multiple procedures/ Current Procedural Terminology codes can be listed for each encounter, the values listed in the frequency column do not necessarily represent mutually exclusive groups of patients.