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Table 2 Distribution of Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability, Exposure (ABCDE)-categories and medical/surgical diagnoses among 109 critically ill adult non-trauma patients

From: Emergency team calls for critically ill non-trauma patients in the emergency department: an observational study

Category Diagnosis Number Percent
Airway   4 3.7
  Anaphylaxis 2 50.0
  FBAO 1 25.0
  Hereditary angiooedema 1 25.0
Breathing   27 24.8
  Pneumonia 13 48.1
  COLD 6 22.2
  Pulmonary oedema 6 22.2
  Pulmonary embolism 2 7.4
Circulation   41 37.6
  Haemorrhage 11 26.8
  MI 9 22.0
  Sepsis (non-respiratory) 6 14.6
  Arrhythmia 4 9.8
  Acute kidney failure 3 7.3
  Cardiac arrest 3 7.3
  Dehydration 2 4.9
  Ketoacidosis 2 4.9
  Hypotension 1 2.4
Disability   31 28.4
  Intoxication 10 32.3
  Seizures 8 25.8
  Cerebral haemorrhage 7 22.6
  Metabolic 2 6.5
  Stroke 2 6.5
  Hypoglycemia 1 3.2
  Psychiatric problems 1 3.2
Exposure   2 1.8
  Hypothermia 1 50.0
  Smoke inhalation 1 50.0
Other   4 3.7
  Pain 3 75.0
  Abscess 1 25.0
  1. FBAO foreign body airway obstruction, COLD Chronic obstructive lung disease, MI Myocardial infarction