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Table 4 Analysis of demographic data, condition/injury patterns, and measures taken of the patient’s population

From: Initial assessment and treatment of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea (a secondary data analysis concerning the initial assessment and treatment of 2656 refugees rescued from distress at sea in support of the EUNAVFOR MED relief mission of the EU)

  Overall patient population
Number of sick/injured patients n = 448
Age group
▪ Infant 1/448 (0.2 %)
▪ Child 38/448 (8.5 %)
▪ Adult 403/448 (90.0 %)
▪ Elderly 6/448 (1.3 %)
Classification of symptoms
▪ Dermatological problems 248/448 (55.4 %)
▪ Cardiovascular problems 99/448 (22.1 %)
▪ Pulmonary problems 20/448 (4.5 %)
▪ Abdominal problems/GI infection 5/448 (1.1 %)
▪ Orthopaedic problems 20/448 (4.5 %)
▪ Injuries/Traumatological problems 34/448 (7.6 %)
▪ ENT/OMS problems 8/448 (1.8 %)
▪ Ophthalmological problems 8/448 (1.8 %)
▪ Gynaecological problems 5/448 (1.1 %)
Initial treatment
▪ Infusion therapy 35/448 (7.8 %)
▪ Analgesia 39/448 (8.7 %)
▪ Antibiotic treatment 10/448 (2.2 %)
▪ Bandages/wound cleaning 19/448 (4.2 %)
▪ Other medical measures 14/448 (3.1 %)
▪ Admission to emergency field hospital 62/365 (17.0 %)
  1. Notes: The symptoms of 23 of the patients were not classified. The symptoms of 22 of the sick patients were assigned to two areas. Three pregnant women were also classified as sick/injured. Admission to emergency field hospital is not recorded in refugee boat no. 1 and 2