Table 2

Acute medical care

Alcohol-positiveAlcohol-negative
Patients
(n=2088)
Patients
(n=8111)
Summary measure
 Ambulance transportation*2030 (97)7739 (95)
 Blood transfusion†693 (33)2549 (31)
 Surgery performed‡1162 (56)4406 (54)
 Critical care admission§1251 (60)4105 (51)
 Length of stay >7 days¶1194 (57)4630 (57)
 Patient death**174 (8)815 (10)
  • *Manner of arrival to hospital.

  • †Denotes one or more units of red blood cell transfusions.

  • ‡Defined as operating room procedure.

  • §Includes medical or surgical intensive care unit.

  • ¶Interval in hospital from admission to discharge.

  • **Case fatality during index hospitalisation.