Empirical Data

It’s time once again to drag out the Inner Geek and see how the statistics are shaping up. These data cover from 16-Feb-07 to 27-Aug-07, so call it six months of data. Note that these numbers express only the calls of DTs and his Merry Crew.

To reiterate what I believe I said before, Statistics Can Help You. One notes, for instance, that the average adult patient age in the last six months is 58 years; given a limited resource (time to study) would one’s time best be spent learning the signs and symptoms of Severe Acne Poisoning, or the subtleties of chest pain? Hmmmm….

Number of Calls: 452
Number of ALS Calls: 253
Number of BLS Calls: 194
Assist on CCT Calls: 5
Female Patients: 242
Male Patients: 210
Maximum Age: 108 years
Minimum Age: 1-2 hours
Average Adult Age: 58 years

Again, the reason for keeping this information is not to reduce the patients to statistics, but rather to use statistics to help future patients. Granted that the chart shows we ran 58 “Chest Pain” calls and perhaps one “Partial evisceration and uncontrolled jugular bleed”. Of the two types, obviously the latter is the high-adrenaline oh-shit-oh-dear call which needs superb BLS and ALS skills to give the patient any kind of chance. But statistically, you spend your time honing your Chest Pain skills, because chances are you’ll be using those most.

Chief Complaint Number of Calls
Chest Pain 58
Abdominal Pain 17
Difficulty Breathing 17
Fracture – Hip 13
Atrial Fibrillation 11
Appendicitis 10
Asthma 10
Pneumonia 10
CVA/Stroke 9
Suicidical Ideation 9
Altered Mental Status 8
Injuries from Fall 8
Syncope 7
GI Bleed 6
Fever 6
Diabetic Emergency 5
Pregnancy 5
Suicidal Overdose 5
Subdural Bleed 4
Dehydration 4
Gastroenteritis 4
Premature Birth 4
Pulmonary Embolism 4
General Weakness 4

Take a peek at your average male. That huge bulge which acts as a belt-buckle warmer is an apron of fat called the Greater Omentum. Damned difficult thing to get rid of if you ask me. It’s easier to lift our patients, though, if we don’t have to lift such a load of our own as well. Doesn’t hurt to hit the free weights once in a while, either.

The following information is for patients 16 years or older:

Average weight, all patients 76.6kg (168.6 lbs)
Average Female: 70.48kg (155 lbs)
Average Male: 84.7kg (186 lbs)
Total Patient Weight 27,973kg (61,540 lbs)

Yes, that’s right – DTs and his partner (99% of the time it’s a two-person crew) lifted over 30 tons of patient in the last six months. Not once, but four times: from the ER/Floor bed to the cot; into the ambulance;out of the ambulance; and finally, into the bed at hospital, rehab facility, or home. True, some few of the patients were ambulatory, but still.


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