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Table 2 Presenting complaints

From: Abnormal vital signs are strong predictors for intensive care unit admission and in-hospital mortality in adults triaged in the emergency department - a prospective cohort study

Table 2.a. Most common presenting complaint   
   N N (%) Mortality
  Abdominal complaint 1265 20.1 3.1
  Abdominal pain 768 12.2 2.5
  Chest pain 611 9.8 1.5
  Dyspnoea 565 9.0 7.3
  Neurological 507 8.1 2.4
  Fever/unspecified infection 427 6.8 1.4
  No adequate category 360 5.7 5.0
  Extremity swelling/pain 339 5.4 0.3
  Cardiac complaints* 246 3.9 2.8
  Syncope 219 3.5 0.5
  Extremity injury 206 3.3 0.0
  Abnormal lab values 154 2.5 3.2
  Hip fracture 151 2.4 0.1
  Neck/back pain 147 2.3 0.7
  Headache 141 2.3 0.0
Table 2.b. Presenting complaints rated after mortality  
   N N (%) Mortality
  Dyspnoea, ns 113 1.8 11.5
  Altered level of consciousness 94 1.5 10.6
  Aphasia 64 1.0 7.8
  Vomiting blood 74 1.2 6.8
  No relevant category 360 5.7 5.0
  Cough 50 0.8 4.0
  Abdominal complaints, ns 108 1.7 3.7
  Blood in stool/melaena 137 1.8 3.6
  Hypertension 55 1.9 3.6
  Abnormal lab values 154 1.10 3.2
  Diarrhoea 64 1.11 3.1
  Neurological symptoms, ns 101 1.12 3.0
  Anaemia 70 1.13 2.9
  Unilateral extremity weakness 102 1.14 2.9
  Vomiting 72 1.15 2.8