Table 3

Mean and median duration of treat-and-release visits at EDs by disposition of the patient at discharge across hospital and area characteristics
Routine Transfer to short term hospitals Transfer to other facilities* Home health care** Against medical care Died
Mean Median Mean Median Mean Median Mean Median Mean Median Mean Median
All visits 186.9 126.0 288.7 240.0 507.2 304.2 871.0 420.0 209.0 145.8 156.9 60.0
Hospital State
Arizona 207.8 180.0 316.3 240.0 630.4 420.0 650.8 360.0 220.2 120.0 144.3 60.0
Massachusetts 186.0 135.6 . . 488.6 297.6 . . 206.9 169.2 170.2 68.4
Utah 136.5 60.0 157.8 120.0 287.6 120.0 1,315.2 1,170.0 121.6 . 138.6 60.0
Hospital Location
Rural 164.8 120.0 271.5 240.0 414.4 261.0 . . 179.2 120.0 126.8 3.6
Urban 190.5 130.8 292.2 240.0 525.6 318.0 904.9 420.0 212.7 154.2 163.5 60.0
Teaching Status
Teaching 215.5 171.6 317.9 240.0 595.0 360.0 826.9 420.0 235.7 180.0 145.3 60.0
Non-teaching 158.4 120.0 261.7 240.0 424.2 171.0 972.6 360.0 163.7 120.0 173.6 68.4
Ownership Status
Public 171.3 120.0 312.0 240.0 458.4 268.2 . . 169.4 120.0 111.2 60.0
Non-profit 192.3 139.2 297.3 240.0 530.3 324.0 658.6 300.0 233.6 180.0 168.0 66.9
For-profit 173.9 120.0 256.4 180.0 428.1 280.2 1,298.4 1140.0 138.9 60.0 140.7 60.0
System Status
Member 191.7 124.8 280.3 240.0 515.9 312.0 911.4 420.0 224.0 133.2 138.2 60.0
Non-member 177.2 126.6 303.0 240.0 502.1 300.6 . . 184.9 157.8 205.9 81.3
Other Characteristics
Non-trauma centers 179.8 120.0 286.7 240.0 473.4 298.8 910.7 420.0 195.4 120.0 169.2 78.6
Level 1 trauma centers 264.9 183.0 376.0 300.0 725.8 459.6 . . 278.1 183.8 142.2 54.3
Level 2 trauma centers 132.8 112.8 . . 425.7 285.6 . . 152.4 121.2 108.3 34.2
Level 3 trauma centers 134.2 109.8 . . 397.1 279.4 . . 173.8 152.1 117.6 59.4
Hospital Bed Size
Small 163.4 120.0 234.5 180.0 425.6 268.2 462.8 180.0 175.5 127.2 139.8 105.0
Medium 159.4 120.0 262.7 240.0 438.0 272.4 741.3 360.0 157.1 120.0 197.9 60.0
Large 212.1 172.8 329.3 300.0 600.4 367.8 1,068.4 540.0 235.3 180.0 143.4 60.0
Median Household
$1 - $38,999 190.1 124.8 282.0 240.0 546.5 360.0 859.3 480.0 200.6 121.8 125.7 60.0
$39,000 - $48,999 190.2 123.0 296.5 240.0 530.3 318.3 1,052.3 480.0 218.2 159.9 133.6 60.0
$49,000 - $63,999 184.9 121.8 287.0 240.0 482.8 295.2 936.9 480.0 207.2 144.0 191.9 70.2
$64,000 and over 184.9 134.4 292.2 240.0 501.7 301.2 622.6 240.0 203.6 165.6 167.4 60.0

Note: Data include all treat-and-release discharges at emergency departments during 2008 in Arizona, Massachusetts, and Utah. Duration is measured in minutes as the difference between admission and discharge time for each visit. Statistics are not reported whenever there are fewer than 100 observations in a particular cell.

* Other facilities include skilled nursing facility, intermediate care facility, and other types of similar facilities.

** Home health care facilities also include IV providers and hospice home care facilities. Detailed description for each discharge.

Karaca et al.

Karaca et al. BMC Emergency Medicine 2012 12:15   doi:10.1186/1471-227X-12-15

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