Table 1

Characteristics of participating paediatric departments

Centre A

Centre B

Centre C

Centre D


Nature

university

dgh

dgh

university

24 hours dedicated PAU

no*

yes

yes

yes

Annual PAU attendance

4194

4560

4780

4800

Number of junior doctors

31

21

12

16

Number of consultants (acute)

10 (6)

7 (4)

7 (4)

11 (7)

Computers in PAU

2

1

1

3

Metropolitan area

yes

mixed

no

no

Dist to tertiary centre (miles)

<25

26

71

69

Clinical activity (PAU attendances per hour PAU open)

1.1

0.53

0.54

0.67

Computer accessibility index (available computers per unit clinical activity)

1.8

1.9

1.85

4.5

Senior support (number of acute consultants per subject enrolled)

0.2

0.2

0.3

0.4


Abbreviations: dgh = district general hospital, PAU = paediatric assessment unit

* PAU open from 0800 to 0000 only

Ramnarayan et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2006 6:37   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-6-37

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