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Table 3 Waiting times for patients to be seen by triage nurse, physician, and total time to disposal

From: Implementation of the Canadian Emergency Department Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS) in an Urgent Care Center in Saudi Arabia

  Weekdays Weekends  
  N Median (IQR) N Median (IQR) p value
Time to be seen by triage nurse (TBT)
Immediate/emergent (<15 min) 16 1.0 (1.0, 2.0) 7 1.0 (0.0, 2.0) >0.99
Urgent (<30 min) 43 5.0 (3.0, 6.0) 16 5.0 (3.0, 11.0) 0.88
Less urgent (<1 h) 32 5.0 (4.0, 9.75) 23 6.0 (3.0, 8.0) 0.91
Non-urgent (triaged out) 27 6.0 (4.0, 7.0) 23 4.0 (3.0, 8.0) 0.54
Time to be seen by physician (TBP)      
Immediate/emergent (<15 min) 16 3.0 (2.0, 7.0) 6 7.5 (2.5, 9.0) 0.18
Urgent (<30 min) 43 17.0 (14.0, 21.0) 16 25.0 (21.0, 30.0) 0.001
Less urgent (<1 h) 32 30.0 (20.0, 35.75) 23 35.0 (25.0, 43.0) 0.08
Total length of stay (TLS)
Immediate/emergent (<15 min) 16 93.0 (53.25,245.75) 7 83.0 (38.0, 165.0) >0.99
Urgent (<30 min) 43 61.0 (35.0, 80.0) 16 46.5 (41.5, 91.25) 0.83
Less urgent (<1 h) 31 52.0 (35.0, 64.0) 23 53.0 (40.0, 61.0) 1.00
Non-urgent 24 13.0 (10.25, 15.0) 23 10.0 (9.0, 15.0) 0.31