Table 3

Algorithms and guidelines used to manage the admission decision: summary of results

StudyArmon et al15Armon et al15Perlstein et al16Vazquez17
Diarrhoea guidelineSeizure guidelineGastroenteritis guidelineAsthma guideline
InterventionPrePostPrePostPrePostPrePost
Total number of attendances2922392121992047*32067768
Number admitted for an overnight stay75 (26%)82 (34%)144 (68%)144 (72%)139 (6.8%)189 (5.9%)29 (38%)20 (29%)
Number discharged without an overnight stay207 (71%)154 (65%)56 (26%)39 (20%)NRNR48 (62%)48 (71%)
Outpatient/missing data10 (3%)3 (1%)1216 (8%)NRNRNRNR
Number of re-attendances21 (7%)8 (3%)5 (2%)8 (4%)NRNR5 (6%)7 (10%)
Mean length of stay (±SD) (days)NRNRNRNR1.6±1.01.3±1.0NRNR
Compliance with guidelineNA97%NA97%NA49%NA?
  • * Mean number of eligible encounters per year over a 4-year period, and admissions are mean number over the same period.

  • Mean number of eligible encounters per year over a 2-year period, and admissions are mean number over the same period.

  • NR, not reported.