Table 3

 Percentage of appropriate investigations according to the Guidelines for the initial assessment of 3529 patients evaluated for common clinical conditions

Diagnosis (n)Total investigations (n)Inappropriate investigations (%)Appropriate investigations (%)
Ischaemic chest pain (570)485288.211.8
Arrhythmia (60)24643.057.0
Heart failure (90)68035.864.2
Cardiac arrest (88)54033.366.7
Acute asthma (180)33995.64.4
COPD (135)57995.34.7
Upper GI bleed (75)94576.223.8
Lower GI bleed (25)7883.316.7
Gastroenteritis (384)6488.3191.7
Hypoglycaemia (62)39415.284.8
Diabetic keto-acidosis (12)1101.898.2
Hyperosmolar nonketotic coma (28)2567.093.0
Acute febrile illness (520)114333.166.9
Drug overdose (180)5625.075.0
Poly trauma (40)34677.023.0
Single trauma (365)96982.517.5
Acid peptic disease (300)25036.863.2
Pancreatitis (15)21948.052.0
Perforation (25)23839.160.9
Non-specific abdominal pain (85)58829.670.4
Per-vaginal bleeding (290)82444.455.6
Total14 30062.237.8