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Table 1 Baseline characteristics

From: Pre-hospital severe traumatic brain injury – comparison of outcome in paramedic versus physician staffed emergency medical services

  EMS   Ph-EMS   
  n = 183 n = 275  
  mean SD, range mean SD, range p-value
Age, years 52 21.6, 6–89 47 19.7, 0.2–90 0.014
  n % n %  
Male 127 69 204 74 0.263
Mechanism of injury      0.018
 Fall from ground level 81 44 105 38  
 Traffic accident 41 22 51 19  
 Fall from a height (>2 m) 25 14 36 13  
 Violence 14 8 24 9  
 Other 4 2 25 9  
 Unknown 18 8 34 12  
Primary GCS      
 Median 4 - 4 - 0.370
 ≤8 137 75 247 90  
 9–13 13 7 14 5  
 14–15 6 3 7 3  
 Unknown 27 15 7 3