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Table 1 Distribution of patients among the acuity groups

From: Does the Norwegian emergency medical dispatch classification as non-urgent predict no need for pre-hospital medical treatment? An observational study

Acuity All patients (n = 1200) Pre-hospital interventions (n = 277) No pre-hospital interventions (n = 923) p-value
Acute (%) 424 (35.3 %) 174 (62.8 %) 250 (27.1 %)  
Urgent (%) 406 (33.8 %) 88 (31.8 %) 318 (34.5 %)  
Low acuity primary (%) 161 (13.4 %) 8 (2.9 %) 153 (16.6 %)  
Low acuity secondary (%) 209 (17.4 %) 7 (2.5 %) 202 (21.9 %) <0.01
  1. Description of acuity groups: Acute: Patient in need of immediate medical response due to imminent or potential loss of physological stability. Urgent: Patient in need of medical assessment without delay but with intact vital signs. Low aquity primary: Patient in need of transportation or assessment but supposedly stable. Low aquity secondary: Same as above, but transport requested from other medical presonnel (between institutions or to/from appointments)