Table 1

Demographics at baseline

Baseline (n=60)
Age – mean (SE)67.8 years (2.6)
Sex55% (33) male, 45% (27) female
Admission type92% (55) acute 8% (5) elective
Referring team46.7% (28) general surgery
46.7% (28) orthopaedics
6.6% (4) urology
Unnecessary referrals12% (7)
Review by surgical consultant40% (20) not yet seen
42% (21) seen same day
18% (9) seen ≥1 day ago (range 1–20 days)
Resuscitation status50% (25) not documented
12% (6) documented
38% (19) deemed ‘not applicable’
Referral rate0.5 /day (60/116)