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Table 5 Treatment data for the 218 out-patients with a hand injury treated at a department for hand surgery

From: Hand injuries in an older population - a retrospective cohort study from a single hand surgery centre

Out-patients
Treatment Women n = 119 Men n = 99 Total n = 218 P-value
Age 74 [70–79] 71 [68–77] 73 [69–79] a 0.03
MHISS 8 [4–20] 12 [6.5–23] 12 [4–20] a 0.01
Conservative 105 (88%) 68 (69%) 173 (79%) b0.11
Operative 14 (12%) 31 (31%) 45 (21%) b 0.02
Operating time (minutes) 37 [26–66] 30 [15–41.5] 30 [15–45] a0.14
Admitted after treatment 7 (6%) 2 (2%) 9 (4%) c0.19
Out-patient visits
 Hand surgeon 2 [1–2] 2 [1–3] 2 [1–3] a0.14
 Nurse 0 [0–0] 0 [0–1.5] 0 [0–1] a< 0.01
 Hand therapist 2 [0–3] 1 [0–2] 1 [0–3] a0.08
Antibiotics
 Prophylaxis 15 (13%) 30 (30%) 45 (21%) b< 0.01
 Due to infection 3 (3%) 8 (8%) 11 (5%) c 0.07
Complications
 Infection 4 (3%) 6 (6%) 10 (5%)
 Other 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 2 (1%)
Re-operations
 1 0 2 (2%) 2 (1%)
 2 or more 0 0 0
  1. Values are presented as number of patients (% of patient group) or median [25th – 75th percentiles]. P-values represent differences between men and women in number of patients affected or median values by the use of a Mann-Whitney U test for continuous variables and b Pearson’s Chi-square test or c Fisher’s exact test (in small sample groups) for categorical variables