Table 2

Hospital referral, prehospital time delay and hospital mortality of patients with sepsis who had contacted the GP cooperative (n=127), according to type of contact and triage urgency category after telephone triage†

N (%)Hospital referral, n (%)Delay in hours, median (IQR)Hospital mortality, (%) (95% CI)
Total cohort12780 (63.0)1.7 (1.2–10.2)25.2 (18.5 to 33.4)
Type of contact
 Ambulance16 (12.6)16 (100.0)1.0 (0.8–1.2)***18.8 (6.6 to 43.0)
 Clinic consultation24 (18.9)14 (58.3)1.7 (0.9–14.5)16.7 (6.7 to 35.9)
 Home visit76 (59.8)50 (65.8)1.8 (1.2–9.2)30.3 (21.1 to 41.3)
 Telephone advice11 (8.7)0 (0.0)15.1 (2.7–38.0)*18.2 (5.1 to 47.7)
Urgency after telephone triage
 U1—Life threatening21 (16.5)21 (100.0)1.1 (0.9–1.2)*38.1 (20.8 to 59.1)
 U2—Emergent59 (46.5)39 (66.1)1.6 (1.2–9.6)32.2 (21.7 to 44.9)
 U3—Urgent36 (28.3)19 (52.8)2.4 (1.5–13.0)11.1 (4.4 to 25.3)
 U4—Non-urgent6 (4.7)1 (16.7)20.1 (11.5–38.0)**0.0 (0.0 to 39.0)
 U5—Advice5 (3.9)0 (0.0)15.1 (2.4–37.6)*20.0 (3.6 to 62.4)
  • *P<0.05, **P<0.01, ***P<0.001.

  • †Statistical differences between subgroups were tested for delay (reference group home visit for type of contact and U3 for urgency after triage) and hospital mortality.

  • GP, general practitioner.