My Big Fat Geek Heading

“Often, statistics are used as a drunken man uses lamp posts… for support rather than illumination.” – Andrew Lang

“There are two kinds of statistics – the kind you look up, and the kind you make up.” – Rex Stout

And without further ado, the 2007 edition of the Annual DTs Too Much Stew From One Oyster Presentation.

A note on the 2007 schedule: The usual schedule for DTs: 24-on, 24-off, 24-on, 24-off, 24-on, 48-off, 24-on, then six days off. Stated differently: Every other day (about) for four days, then six off, then repeat. Simplified further: I work two days a week and get a week-long vacation between checks. There were very few off-schedule (eg overtime) runs involved, and the same days are represented in each two-week period. While the dates and times of each run is available to me, I don’t believe in the Full Moon Madness hypothesis, and seriously doubt that the nature of the runs would change if more Friday nights were included.

Stats weren’t kept until sometime in Feb 2007, so there’s a month of data missing. During the 11 months represented, though, my crew was called out 741 times, but placed in service 62 times (more often than not to attend a more-urgent call) for a total of 679 completed runs.

Information on patient demographics is entered into a PDA before patient contact, based on dispatch information, and updated with non-dispatched info after the call is complete and the patient is turned over to the receiving facility. Patient care, in other words, is never left off for this project.

And, as I stated a few posts back, this info cannot in any fashion be used predictively – “Uh oh, here comes March – March is always tough.” Rather, the information can be used to proactively guide a few study areas, namely Cardiac and Geriatrics.

NICU and PICU are Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, generally with a pickup-crew of three from one of several hospitals in the area. CCT calls are for the most part patients on ventilators, where an extra hand is needed in the back of the CCT truck in the event of equipment failure. ALS is anyone needing a cardiac monitor, or non-KVO or non-saline drip, or a patient who meets certain criteria our dispatch has been told is ALS. BLS is everybody else.

Call by Level Count
ALS 383
BLS 329
CCT 11
NICU 8
PICU 10

Until I actually generated this I suspected there were “dead zones” on the clock, but evidently, I’m wrong

Calls by Hour
00:00 35 12:00 37
01:00 18 13:00 33
02:00 18 14:00 47
03:00 21 15:00 52
04:00 20 16:00 44
05:00 13 17:00 48
06:00 39 18:00 36
07:00 17 19:00 35
08:00 21 20:00 28
09:00 27 21:00 29
10:00 29 22:00 33
11:00 32 23:00 29

Patient sex still seems to be fairly well-balanced.

Sex Count
Male 314
Female 364
Other 1

When a patient can only speak one non-English language, or only a few words of English, they enter these categories. If a family member can help interpret, that’s wonderful, but I have caught husbands telling bruised wives, “Say to them, this is what happened…” when they thought I didn’t speak whatever language it was. Tell him what he’s won, Johnny: Why, it’s a visit from Adult Protective Services! Yay! Anyway, according to these numbers I’d best serve my community by spending my time polishing up my Spanish, rather than trying to tack on Romanian.

Language Count
Arabic 3
Farsi 6
French 1
Korean 4
Romanian 1
Spanish 16
Thai 2
Urdu 2
Vietnamese 3

If these age groups seem rather arbitrary, it is because they are. Stupid EXCEL, to which the data was dumped for clumping, wouldn’t let me nest all the IF statements I needed to do a more reasonable age breakdown and I had to fudge it up. Still, one gets the drift. Aging population, to a point, is still the norm.

Age Count
Under 8 64
9-18 33
19-30 47
31-40 33
41-59 152
60-75 131
76-90 191
>90 28
Transport To… Count
Hospitals 423
Rehab/Other 202
Residence 54

In the latter half of 2007 I changed the way Chief Complaints were entered into the mix; up to that point the wording was rather arbitrary, based on the dispatch information. Rather than go back and attempt to normalize previous entries based on my spotty memory, I’ll just see how 2008 pans out. In the meantime, most of the CCs with 5 or more entries are listed here, to make of them what you will.

Chief Complaint Count
Abd Pain 25
AMI 13
AMS 21
Appendicitis 14
Asthma 11
A-Fib 15
Chest Pain 77
CHF 13
CVA/Stroke 14
Dyspnea 23
Fall 11
Fever 8
Fx – Hip 16
Pneumonia 12
Pregnancy 6
Premature 4
Pulmonary Embolism 5
Seizure 7
Subdural Hematoma 5
Suicidal Ideation 9
Suicidal Overdose 8
Syncope 12
Traumatic Brain Injury 5
UTI 5
“Weakness” 7

I don’t know why I even do this, except it’s a neat, big figure. This average, though, includes all the Under Age 8 patients, as well as the Over 90 Years patients (who tend to be rather slight in stature, as one may imagine) and is therefore completely useless for any reason whatsoever, so here it is:

Weights (Kilos)
Male Female
Average 72.85 67.00
Total 22876 24390

On a personal note, DTs would like to mention to one of his partners that the term is “Geek”. “Dork” is another animal entirely, and while DTs may in fact BE a dork, you really meant Geek there, that time. Just saying.

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