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 5 Patient distribution according to the ICPC-2 classification system with frequencies, rate and national estimate per year

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

ICPC symptoms ICPC-code (n) N % Rate per
1000/year
National
estimate/year
Cardiovascular   1 389 28 6.8 31 100
   Chest/heart pain A11 (808) K01 (513)     
   Other cardiovascular symptoms K29 (68)     
Loss of consciousness   945 19 4.6 21 200
   Syncope/coma A06/07 (945)     
Respiratory   472 10 2.3 10 600
   Dyspnoea/breathing problems R02/04 (430)     
   Other respiratory symptoms R29 (42)     
Neurological   592 11 2.9 13 300
   Convulsion N07 (324)     
   Other neurological symptoms N29 (268)     
Digestive   195 4 1.0 4 400
   Abdominal pain/cramps D01 (113)     
   Other digestive symptoms D29 (82)     
Psychiatric   296 6 1.5 6 600
   Acute alcohol abuse P16 (113)     
   Other psychiatric symptoms P29 (182)     
Injury/trauma   531 11 2.6 11 900
   Laceration/cut, skin S18 (101)     
   Other skin symptoms other S29 (34)     
   Other musculoskeletal symptoms L29 (396)     
Other   465 10 2.3 10 400
   Endocrine/metabolic symptoms T29 (11)     
   Urinary/male genital symptoms U29 (7) Y29 (5)     
   Pregnancy/female genital symptoms W29 (106) X29 (1)     
   Assault/harmful event/problem Z25 (12)     
   General symptoms A29 (317)     
   Eye symptoms F29 (6)     
Not classified   39 1 0.2  
Subtotal   4 924 100 24.2 110 000
Excluded patients   256   1.3  
Total   5 180   25.5 116 000