Table 5

Selected discharge diagnoses in children presenting with breathing difficulty, fever or fit

PPV (%)Sensitivity of PP (%)Specificity of PP (%)
Presenting problem: breathing difficulty (n = 172)
Presenting problem: fever (n = 106)
 Viral infection154187
 Specific infections212185
Presenting problem: fit (n = 123)
 Febrile convulsion439089
 Associated problem* 213084
 Viral infection2782
  • 5-150 For example, cerebral palsy, epilepsy.

  • PP, presenting problem; PPV, positive predictive value; URTI, upper respiratory tract infection; LRTI, lower respiratory tract infection.