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Tuesday, January 15 2008
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"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 LevelCount
ALS 383
BLS329
CCT11
NICU8
PICU10

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
01:0018  13:0033
02:0018  14:0047
03:0021  15:0052
04:0020  16:0044
05:0013  17:0048
06:0039  18:0036
07:0017  19:0035
08:0021  20:0028
09:0027  21:0029
10:0029  22:0033
11:0032  23:0029

Patient sex still seems to be fairly well-balanced.

SexCount
Male314
Female364
Other1

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.

LanguageCount
Arabic3
Farsi6
French1
Korean4
Romanian1
Spanish16
Thai2
Urdu2
Vietnamese3

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.

AgeCount
 Under 8 64
9-1833
19-3047
31-4033
41-59152
60-75131
76-90191
>9028

Transport To...Count
Hospitals423
Rehab/Other202
Residence54

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 ComplaintCount
Abd Pain25
AMI13
AMS21
Appendicitis14
Asthma11
A-Fib15
Chest Pain77
CHF13
CVA/Stroke14
Dyspnea23
Fall11
Fever8
Fx - Hip16
Pneumonia12
Pregnancy6
Premature4
Pulmonary Embolism5
Seizure7
Subdural Hematoma5
Suicidal Ideation9
Suicidal Overdose8
Syncope12
Traumatic Brain Injury5
UTI5
"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)
MaleFemale
Average 72.8567.00
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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