Table 2

Patients selected for independent review managed by RCS nurses with potential indications for specialist oversight

Selected for specialist oversight
n=487
Triaged independently
n=306
Standardised difference
n (%)/mean (SD)
One or more potential indications for specialist review (%)156 (32.0)22 (7.2)0.66
 Chronic lung disease (%)71 (14.6)14 (4.6)0.34
 Congestive heart failure (%)34 (7.0)2 (0.7)0.33
 Myocardial infarction (%)14 (2.9)2 (0.7)0.17
 Atrial fibrillation (%)39 (8.0)0 (0.0)0.42
 Stroke (%)38 (7.8)4 (1.3)0.32
 BMI ≥45 kg/m2 16 (3.3)2 (0.7)0.19
 Long-acting opioids (%)7 (1.4)0 (0.0)0.17
Age (years)56.1 (16.0)46.8 (13.7)0.63
Charlson comorbidity score2.4 (2.5)1.0 (1.5)0.68
  • BMI, body mass index; RCS, referral coordination system.