Table 1.

Sociodemographic and Presentation Characteristics of the Patients Presenting to the National Institute of Child Health Emergency Department in 2017 (n=188,303)

Number of
VariablePatients (%)
Age
 0-1 month (neonates)16,952 (9.0)
 >1-12 months58,471 (31.1)
 >1-5 years74,704 (39.7)
 >5-10 years30,766 (16.3)
 >10 years7,410 (3.9)
Sex
 Male98,829 (52.5)
 Female89,342 (47.4)
 Neonates with ambiguous genitalia132 (0.1)
Residential area
 Resides in Karachi94,741 (50.3)
 Resides in Sindh68,589 (36.4)
 Resides in Balochistan24,973 (13.3)
Mode of referral
 Self48,654 (25.8)
 Primary/secondary care institution in Karachi78,025 (41.4)
 Tertiary care institution in Karachi10,469 (5.6)
 Tertiary care institution in another city in Sindh27,118 (14.4)
 Tertiary care institution in Balochistan24,037 (12.8)
Mode of presentation
 Ambulance75,072 (39.9)
  With respiratory support20,825 (27.7)
  With loss of consciousness45,806 (61.0)
  With active bleeding2,092 (2.8)
  Not specified6,349 (8.5)
 Nonambulance113,231 (60.1)
Time of presentation
 Morning shift (8:00 am to 2:00 pm)67,883 (36.0)
 Evening shift (2:00 pm to 8:00 pm)71,654 (38.1)
 Night shift (8:00 pm to 8:00 am)48,766 (25.9)
Day of presentation
 Weekdays (Monday to Friday)91,211 (48.4)
 Weekends (Saturday and Sunday)97,092 (51.6)