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Table 3 Characteristics, clinical severity and emergency room exits of children who arrived at the Referral hospital, Bo Sierra Leone

From: Offering general pediatric care during the hard times of the 2014 Ebola outbreak: looking back at how many came and how well they fared at a Médecins Sans Frontières referral hospital in rural Sierra Leone

Variable 2013 n (%) 2014 n (%) P-value1
Total 3953 2544  
Gender
 Male 2120 (54) 1398 (55) 0.3
 Female 1833 (46) 1146 (45)  
Age
  < 5 3531 (89) 2250 (88) 0.3
 5-15 422 (11) 294 (12)  
Origin2
 In catchment area 3700 (94) 2290 (90) <0.001
 Outside catchment area 253 (6) 254 (10)  
Referred by
 Self-referral 2419 (61) 2044 (80) <0.001
 Primary health facility 1527 (39) 496 (19) <0.001
 Governmental hospital 7 (<1) 4 (<1) 0.8
Clinical severity (SATS3)
 Red 1232 (31) 936 (37) <0.001
 Orange 1363 (34) 935 (37)  
 Yellow 919 (23) 487 (19)  
 Green 439 (11) 163 (6)  
 Blue4 0 23 (1)  
Emergency room exits
 Admitted to pediatric ward 3652 (92) 2130 (84) <0.001
 Died5 43 (1) 51 (2) 0.01
 Referred to other health facility 45 (1) 56 (2) 0.01
 Discharged with medical consent 212 (5) 301 (12) <0.001
 Discharged without medical consent 1 (<1) 6 (<1) 0.01
  1. 1χ2 test for categorical variables and two-sample independent t-test on difference between means for SATS variables
  2. 2Geographic catchment area of the Gondama Referral Hospital
  3. 3SATS: Clinical severity based on the South African Triage Scale, see Table 1
  4. 4Arrived dead or died upon arrival
  5. 5Including patients in the ‘blue’ SATS category