Table 1

Patient characteristics (n=14 139)

Low triaged febrile children
N=14 139
Missing (%)
Age* (years)2.7 (1.3–5.2)
Gender (boys)7613 (54)
Visit hours (out of office)9852 (70)
Referral (self-referred)9630 (68)556 (4)
Previous medical care3381 (24)671 (5)
Previous antibiotic treatment1486 (11)294 (2)
Presenting symptoms
 Neurological237 (2)†
 Respiratory8476 (60)
 Gastrointestinal1953 (14)
 Other3473 (25)
Ill appearance1653 (12)514 (4)
Vital signs
 Tachycardia2019 (14)1317 (9)
 Tachypnoea1346 (10)2465 (17)
 Hypoxia78 (0.6)2788 (20)
 Duration of fever (days)*1.5 (0.5–3)1067 (8)
  • Absolute numbers and percentages (%) are given.

  • *Median and (IQR 25–75).

  • †87% status after febrile convulsion.