Statistical Stuff for 2010

Huzzah!  It’s time again for the DTs Correlation Does Not Equal Causation Festival!

In 2010, DTs ran a total call volume:  775 calls, of which 379 were deemed BLS, 360 were ALS, and 17 were CCT (the CCT numbers should increase in 2011, for DTs is now running such calls since mid-December 2010.)  A mere 31 calls were “lights & sirens” at the request of the sending facility.  We were placed in service prior to patient contact on 35 occasions.  Average number of calls per day, around 7, with a maximum during a single calendar day of 12.  Note that a shift spans two calendar days (eg 06am 12/1 to 06am 12/2) so the actual numbers are probably higher, but I’m too lazy to figure that one out this time.

DTs and his Merry Crew ran 369 male, and 406 female patients.  This is typical; guys don’t tend to go to hospital as often, and the ladies are still living longer.

The average age of all patients was 54 years, with a minimum age of 1 hour (actually probably less than an hour, but my tracking software goes all the way down to “1”) and our oldest patient was 102 years.

Total patient weight – welcome to America – was 42,281kg (or 93,018lbs, or 46.51 tons o’ patient.)  Total weight of all males was 28,165kg making the average male weight 76.32 kg, while the average female patient weighed 66.9kg.

Of our patients who spoke NO English whatsoever, 27 spoke only Spanish; 4 spoke Arabic, 4 Farsi, 3 Korean, 3 French, 2 Urdu/Hindi, and 2 Vietnamese, and one… Greek.  Did not see that coming.

As usual, Chest Pain leads the chief-complaint pack by 2:1 over the next most common complaint, abdominal pain.  The breakdown is:

Chest pain 74
Abd pain 36
AMS 25
Pneumonia 25
Dyspnea 23
Suicidal ideation 21
CVA 20
Dr appointment 16
Appendicitis 14
CHF 14
Fever 11
UTI 11
Fall 10
Atrial fibrillation 9
Malaise 9
Respiratory failure 9
Seizures 9
Backache 8
Premature birth 8
Psychosis 8
Syncope 8
Bleed – GI 7
COPD 7
Injury – head 7
Overdose, suicidal 7
Pancreatitis 7
Asthma 6
Bleed – intracranial 6
Cellulitis 6
FX – hip 6
Hypotension 6
Pulmonary embolism 6
Respiratory abnormality 6
Small bowel obstruction 6
(empty) 5
Dehydration 5
TIA 5
Vomiting 5
Epistaxis 4
Gastroenteritis 4
Hematuria 4
Renal failure 4
Respiratory distress 4
Sepsis 4
Subdural hematoma 4
Abnormal labs 3
AMI 3
Bleed – head 3
Burn 3
Cardiac catheterization 3
Cholecystitis 3
Contusion 3
Croup 3
Depression 3
DKA 3
G-tube replacement 3
Headache 3
Hyperkalemia 3
Hypertension 3
Kidney stones 3
Mass – chest 3
MVA 3
Pain – leg 3
Pain – limb 3
Post-surgery 3
Pyelonephritis 3
Renal insufficiency 3
Tachycardia 3
Weakness 3
Abscess 2
Amputation 2
Anemia 2
Bleed – rectal 2
Bleed – vaginal 2
Bradycardia 2
Bronchiolitis 2
CAD 2
Cardiac dysrhythmia 2
Cath replacement 2
Cerebral palsy 2
Colitis 2
Complications – trach 2
Constipation 2
Dementia 2
Diverticulitis 2
Fatigue 2
FX – ankle 2
FX – arm 2
FX – femur 2
FX – foot 2
Hernia 2
Injury – ankle 2
Injury – face 2
Laceration – lip 2
Leukemia 2
Necrotizing fasciitis 2
Overdose, accidental 2
Pacemaker malfunction 2
Paresthesia 2
Pulmonary insufficiency 2
Stridor 2
Suicidal attempt (non-OD) 2
Surgical consult 2
Tumor, brain 2
Ulcer, skin 2
Vertigo 2

In the transport gig patient pickup is usually from a facility, rather than from residence or roadside. 240 patients were picked up at a single standalone ED, with 176, 106, and 104 patients taken from the big three area hospitals.

As to where they’re taken, 116 went to a general hospital, 110 to a level 1 trauma center, and 73 to a specialty rehab facility. The rest are sprinkled into nursing homes, specialty hospitals (eg Childrens Hospital, or the MedStar Burn Unit), and 45 to residences.

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