Table 1 Patients Enrolled in the Accelerated Care through Emergency (ACE) programme
N (%)
Number of patients enrolled220 (100)
Male105 (47.7)
Age (mean, range)8.1 (3 months–18 years)
Primary diagnosis
    Cerebral palsy54 (24.5)
    Genetic disorders41 (18.6)
    Developmental delay27 (12.3)
    Cardiac disorders/pulmonary hypertension23 (10.5)
    Chronic lung disease10 (4.5)
    Other49 (22.2)
Primary hospital service
    Child development/rehabilitation88 (40.0)
    General medicine24 (10.9)
    Neurology15 (6.8)
    Thoracic medicine15 (6.8)
    Other hospital services73 (33.2)
    (orthopedics, gastroenterology, adolescent medicine, immunology, haematology, metabolic service, cardiology)0
    Community-based paediatrician4 (1.8)
Number of additional services involved*
    No additional services0
    1–5 services132 (60.0)
    6–10 services84 (38.2)
    >10 services**4 (1.8)
Technical devices/implants†
    No devices/implants45 (20.5)
    1 device/implant109 (49.5)
    2 or more devices/implants66 (30.0)
  • *Includes additional medical subspecialty services, stomal therapy, home and community care, palliative care, mental health services, allied health services and community-based services.

  • **Range (11–22)

  • †Gastrostomy tube, nasogastic/jejunal tube, pacemaker, central venous access devices, tracheostomy, biphasic/continuous positive airway pressure respiratory support, ventriculoperitoneal/ventriculoatrial shunt, baclofen pump, urethral/suprapubic urinary catheter.