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Table 1 Classification of reported medical issues

From: Paediatric medical emergency calls to a Danish Emergency Medical Dispatch Centre: a retrospective, observational study

Symtom category All < 1 yr. 1–5 yrs. 6–15 yrs.
n % (95%CI) n % (95%CI) n % (95%CI) n % (95%CI)
Seizures 103 22.1 (18.4–26.2) 7 12.5 (5.2–24.1) 77 37.0 (30.4–44.0) 19 9.4 (5.8–14.3)
Sick child 88 18.9 (15.4–22.7) 21 37.5 (24.9–51.5) 49 23.6 (18.0–29.9) 18 8.9 (5.4–13.7)
Unclear problem 60 12.9 (10.0–16.3) 9 16.1 (7.6–28.3) 15 7.2 (4.1–11.6) 36 17.8 (12.8–23.8)
Ordered mission 59 12.7 (9.8–16.0) 9 16.1 (7.6–28.3) 27 13.0 (8.7–18.3) 23 11.4 (7.4–16.6)
Accidents 43 9.2 (6.8–12.2) 4 7.1 (2.0–17.3) 10 4.8 (2.3–8.7) 29 14.4 (9.8–20.0)
Minor wound, fracture, injury 13 2.8 (1.5–4.7) . . 3 1.4 (0.3–4.2) 10 5.0 (2.4–8.9)
Traffic accident 12 2.6 (1.3–4.5) 1 1.8 (0.0–9.6) 3 1.4 (0.3–4.2) 8 4.0 (1.7–7.7)
Breathing problems 12 2.6 (1.3–4.5) 2 3.6 (0.4–12.3) 4 1.9 (0.5–4.9) 6 3.0 (1.1–6.4)
Alcohol, poisoning, drugs 9 1.9 (0.9–3.6) . . . . 9 4.5 (2.1–8.3)
Foreign body in airway 5 1.1 (0.4–2.5) 1 1.8 (0.0–9.6) 3 1.4 (0.3–4.2) 1 0.5 (0.0–2.7)
Ear, nose, throat 5 1.1 (0.4–2.5) 1 1.8 (0.0–9.6) 2 1.0 (0.1–3.4) 2 1.0 (0.1–3.5)
Psychiatry, suicide 4 0.9 (0.2–2.2) . . . . 4 2.0 (0.5–5.0)
Allergic reaction 3 0.6 (0.1–1.9) . . . . 3 1.5 (0.3–4.3)
Non-traumatic bleeding 3 0.6 (0.1–1.9) . . 1 0.5 (0.0–2.7) 2 1.0 (0.1–3.5)
Burn or electrical injury 3 0.6 (0.1–1.9) . . 1 0.5 (0.0–2.7) 2 1.0 (0.1–3.5)
Chest pain, heart disease 3 0.6 (0.1–1.9) . . . . 3 1.5 (0.3–4.3)
Stomach or back pain 3 0.6 (0.1–1.9) . . 1 0.5 (0.0–2.7) 2 1.0 (0.1–3.5)
Diabetes 2 0.4 (0.1–1.5) 1 1.8 (0.0–9.6) . . 1 0.5 (0.0–2.7)
Poisoning in child 2 0.4 (0.1–1.5) . . 1 0.5 (0.0–2.7) 1 0.5 (0.0–2.7)
Impaired consciousness 2 0.4 (0.1–1.5) . . . . 2 1.0 (0.1–3.5)
Unconscious adult 1 0.2 (0.0–1.2) . . 1 0.5 (0.0–2.7) . .
Unconscious child 1 0.2 (0.0–1.2) . . 1 0.5 (0.0–2.7) . .
Headache 1 0.2 (0.0–1.2) . . . . 1 0.5 (0.0–2.7)
Missing dispatch code 29 6.2 (4.2–8.8) . . 9 4.3 (2.0–8.1) 20 9.9 (6.2–14.9)
Total 466 100 56 100 208 100 202 100
  1. All calls (n = 466) distributed according to medical issue classification and age group. Percentages rounded to one decimal