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Table 2 Characteristics of patients presenting in each period

From: Impact of COVID-19 on pediatric emergencies and hospitalizations in Singapore

Variable Pre-DORSCON Orange (1) N = 18,016 Post-DORSCON Orange (2)
N = 17,698
During Lockdown (3)
N = 8743
Post Lockdown (4)
N = 13,910
p-value (pairwise comparisons)
      (2) vs (1) (3) vs (2) (4) vs (3)
Mean number seen in the ED, per day (SD) 487 (70) 295 (38) 156 (20) 205 (25) < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0.001
Age in years, mean (SD) 4.7 (4.3) 5.3 (4.6) 4.6 (4.4) 5.6 (4.8) < 0.001 < 0.001 < 0001
Males, n (%) 10,021 (55.6) 9890 (55.9) 4772 (54.6) 7609 (54.7) 0.622 0.045 0.859
Triage status, n (%)
 Priority 1 498 (2.8) 429 (2.4) 171 (2.0) 335 (2.4) < 0.001 < 0.001 0.024
 Priority 2 9566 (53.1) 8782 (49.6) 4832 (55.3) 7507 (54.0)    
 Priority 3 7952 (44.1) 8487 (48.0) 3740 (42.8) 6068 (43.6)    
Requiring procedures, n (%) 9224 (51.2) 10,202 (57.6) 5334 (61.0) 8423 (60.6) < 0.001 < 0.001 0.495
Inpatient, n (%)
 General ward 3395 (96.9) 3484 (97.0) 1923 (96.0) 3315 (96.4) 0.608 0.141 0.611
 High Dependency 85 (2.4) 89 (2.5) 67 (3.3) 108 (3.1)    
 ICU 25 (0.7) 19 (0.5) 13 (0.7) 16 (0.5)    
Hospital LOS in days, mean (SD) 2.5 (3.6) 2.6 (4.8) 2.7 (4.0) 2.7 (3.3) 0.221† 0.012† 0.185†
Hospital LOS in days, median (IQR) 2.0 (1.0–3.0) 2.0 (1.0–3.0) 2.0 (1.0–3.0) 2.0 (1.0–3.0) 0.003 0.110 0.125
  1. LOS Length of stay
  2. P-values from log-transformed analysis of LOS