Table 1

 Definitions of severity

SeverityCriteria
HDU, high dependency unit; ITU, intensive care unit; NG, nasogastric; RR, respiratory rate.
SevereTachypnoea (RR>70 for infants ⩽1 year
(any of given criteria)old, >50 for children >1 year old)
Dyspnoea
Sao2 <93%
Oxygen given
NG feeds
Intravenous fluid infusion
Septicaemia
Empyema
HDU or ITU care
MildImmediate home discharge
(any of given criteria)Hospital stay <3 days and no oxygen,
no intravenous or NG feeds
ModerateNone of the above