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Table 3 Actions performed for those who were actually hospitalized for less than 24 hours and for those who were discharged straight from the emergency department

From: Brief hospitalizations of elderly patients: a retrospective, observational study

Treatment or procedure Hospitalized from emergency department to other department for less than 24 hours, n = 85 Discharged directly from emergency department, n = 57
Laboratory examinations such as blood samples, urine stick test and cultivation 73 (85.9%) 23 (40.4%)
Electrocardiography 46 (54.1%) 18 (31.6%)
Diagnostic radiology procedures 33 (38.1%) 9 (15.8%)
Medicine administered per orally, suppository or as an ointment 29 (34.1%) 12 (21.1%)
Intravenous medicine or liquid 33 (38.1%) 5 (8.8%)
Urinary catheterization 11 (12.9%) 5 (8.8%)
Telemetry 11 (12.9%) 0 (0%)
None 0 (0%) 10 (17.5%)
Oxygen supplement 4 (4.7%) 2 (3.5%)
Medicine administered subcutaneously, intramuscular or as an inhalation 6 (7.1%) 0 (0%)
Other 5 (5.9%) 0 (0%)
Invasive procedures 4 (4.7%) 0 (0%)