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Table 1 Socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at the University of Gondar comprehensive specialized hospital, northwest Ethiopia February 1, 2018, to July 30, 2019 (n = 313)

From: Wasting and associated factors among critically ill children admitted to pediatric intensive care unit in Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency Percentages (%)
Age in months
 ≤ 12 88 28.1
 13-24 29 9.3
 25-60 66 21.1
 61-132 63 20.1
 >132 67 21.4
Sex
 Male 187 59.7
 Female 126 40.3
Residence
 Urban 71 22.7
 Rural 242 73.3
Caregivers
 Parents 291 93
 Grandparents 8 2.6
 Siblings 8 2.6
 Others 6 1.9
Caregiver level of education
 No formal education 242 77.6
 Primary school 32 10.2
 Secondary school 17 5.4
 College and above 21 6.7
Caregivers’ occupation
 Farmers 223 71.2
 Merchants and private 32 10.2
 Government employee 31 9.9
 Unemployed 27 8.6
Season of admission
 Summer 63 20.1
 Spring 45 14.4
 Winter 85 27.2
 Autumn 120 38.3
Clinical characteristics
Duration of illness before PICU admission in days
  <6 days 164 52.4
  ≥6 days 149 47.6
Sources of admission
  Home 36 11.5
  Other facilities 37 11.8
  Emergency room 189 60.4
  Wards 51 16.3
Vaccination status
  Complete 203 64.9
  Incomplete 110 35.1
Comorbid illness
  Yes 43 13.7
  No 270 86.3
ICD 10 diagnosis
  Neurology 71 26.7
  Infectious disease 59 18.8
  Trauma and environmental 37 11.8
  Metabolic diseases 28 8.9
  Congenital malformation 23 7.4
  Cardiovascular disease 21 6.7
  Gastrointestinal 20 6.4
  Renal diseases 20 6.4
  Respiratory diseases 18 5.7
  Neoplasm 18 5.7
  Hematology 3 1
Critical illness diagnosis (n = 100)
  Sepsis 32 32
  Severe sepsis 9 9
  Septic shock 47 47
  ARDS 12 12