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Table 2 Distribution of patients across the main emergency medical dispatch codes, excluding oxygen as a pre-hospital intervention

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

Main emergency medical dispatch code n = 1200 Pre-hospital interventions (n = 277) No pre-hospital interventions (n = 923) p-value
1 Unconscious adult 19 (1.6 %) 10 (3.6 %) 9 (1 %)  
2 Unconscious child 1 (.1 %) 0 1 (.1 %)  
3 Airway obstruction 1 (.1 %) 0 1 (.1 %)  
4 Requested transports 493 (41.2 %) 38 (13.7 %) 455 (49.5 %)  
5 Unknown problem 133 (11.1 %) 39 (14.1 %) 94 (10.2 %)  
6 Allergic reaction 5 (.4 %) 4 (1.4 %) 1 (.1 %)  
7 Non traumatic hemorrhage 8 (.7 %) 1 (.4 %) 8 (.8 %)  
8 Chest pain, cardiac 89 (7.4 %) 71 (25.6 %) 18 (2 %)  
9 Diabetes 4 (.3 %) 1 (.4 %) 1 (.3 %)  
10 Fever 1 (.1 %) 0 1 (.1 %)  
11 Child intoxications 1 (.1 %) 0 1 (.1 %)  
12 Child birth 6 (.5 %) 0 6 (.7 %)  
13 Gynecology/maternity 3 (.3 %) 0 3 (.3 %)  
14 Headache 8 (.7 %) 0 8 (.9 %)  
15 Skin - rash 5 (.4 %) 0 5 (.5 %)  
16 Hypothermia – hyperthermia 1 (.1 %) 0 1 (.1 %)  
17 Chemicals – gasses 1 (.1 %) 0 1 (.1 %)  
18 Seizures 18 (1.5 %) 5 (1.8 %) 13 (1.4 %  
19 Abdominal pain – back pain 64 (5.3 %) 19 (6.9 %) 45 (4.9 %)  
20 Possible death – sudden infant death 1 (.1 %) 1 (.4 %) 0  
21 Impaired consciousness - paralysis 57 (4.8 %) 19 (6.9 %) 38 (4.1 %)  
22 Psychiatric – suicidal 22 (1.8 %) 1 (.4 %) 21 (2.3 %)  
23 Breathing problems 66 (5.5 %) 29 (10.5 %) 37 (4 %)  
24 Drugs – intoxications – overdose 33 (2.8 %) 10 (3.6 %) 23 (2.5 %)  
25 Sick child 8 (.7 %) 2 (.7 %) 6 (.7 %)  
26 Sores – fractures – minor damages 57 (4.8 %) 13 (4.7 %) 44 (4.8 %)  
27 Traffic accidents 35 (2.9 %) 8 (2.9 %) 27 (2.9 %)  
28 Accidents 46 (3.8 %) 4 (1.4 %) 42 (4.6 %)  
29 Urology 2 (.2 %) 0 2 (.2 %)  
30 Violence – Abuse 6 (.5 %) 1 (.4 %) 5 (.5 %)  
31 Eye 3 (.3 %) 1 (.4 %) 2 (.2 %) <0.001