70 years of age. Conclusions The results show that emergency medicine based on 816 000 Norwegians mainly consists of medical problems, where the majority of the patients have a non-life-threatening situation. More focus on the emergency system outside hospitals, including triage and dispatch, and how to best deal with "everyday" emergency problems is needed to secure knowledge based decisions for the future organization of the emergency system."/>
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Table 3 The most frequent used Index categories by patients' gender, age, whereabouts and to where the patients were brought.

From: The epidemiology of medical emergency contacts outside hospitals in Norway - a prospective population based study

  A01/02
Unconscious
A05
Ordered mission*
A06
Inconclusive
problem
A10
Chest pain
A34/35
Accidents
All other categories Total
  n % n % n % n % n % n % n %
Patients 410 8 864 18 707 14 1 098 22 565 12 1 280 26 4 924 100
Male
0-9 years 11 6 44 24 24 14 2 1 15 8 85 47 181 100
10-29 years 34 8 55 14 58 14 13 3 119 30 123 31 402 100
30-49 years 38 7 80 15 70 13 111 21 97 19 128 25 524 100
50-69 years 62 7 133 16 132 16 275 33 70 9 158 19 830 100
> 70 years 81 11 126 18 131 18 211 29 32 5 139 19 720 100
Total 226 9 438 16 415 16 612 23 333 12 633 24 2 657 100
Female
0-9 years 20 16 20 16 11 10 1 1 8 6 63 51 123 100
10-29 years 28 8 56 16 39 11 12 3 76 21 151 42 362 100
30-49 years 29 7 80 19 55 13 67 16 50 12 152 35 433 100
50-69 years 23 5 81 17 75 15 156 32 45 9 110 23 490 100
> 70 years 77 10 171 21 110 14 249 31 31 4 157 20 795 100
Total 177 8 408 19 290 13 485 22 210 9 633 29 2 203 100
Patients' whereabouts
At home 243 9 349 12 416 15 833 30 87 3 882 31 2 810 100
Casualty clinic 4 3 115 77 3 2 17 11 1 1 10 6 150 100
Doctor's surgery 2 1 105 54 4 2 62 32 4 2 19 9 199 100
Public area 113 9 65 6 221 19 94 8 442 37 249 21 1 184 100
Hospitals 0 0 137 87 0 0 9 6 0 0 11 7 157 100
Nursing home 22 9 64 27 34 15 51 22 2 1 60 26 233 100
Other 13 12 12 11 21 19 20 18 15 14 29 26 110 100
Total 397 8 849 18 699 15 1 086 22 551 11 1 260 26 4 842 100
Patients brought to
Casualty clinic 57 8 76 10 151 21 155 21 105 14 187 26 731 100
Hospital via casualty clinic 27 5 76 15 100 19 127 24 52 10 138 27 520 100
Directly hospital, doctor involved 107 6 544 32 145 8 424 25 159 9 337 20 1 716 100
Directly hospital, doctor not involved 102 9 87 7 175 15 274 23 175 15 364 31 1 177 100
Remained on site 42 8 55 11 82 16 100 19 43 8 200 38 522 100
Deceased 64 38 12 7 37 22 10 6 14 9 30 18 167 100
Taken care of by other 5 12 3 7 11 27 2 5 8 20 12 29 41 100
Total 404 8 853 18 701 15 1 092 22 556 11 1 268 26 4 874 100
  1. The variables have some missing data and the total may not add up to 4 924 for all groups.
  2. * Mission ordered by health personnel or other emergency units, i.e. transport directly to hospital or ambulance assistance to other emergency