Table 2

Child demographic and clinical characteristics

Variablen (%)
Age group
 2–4 years58 (44%)
 5–12 years73 (56%)
Hospital
 145 (34%)
 229 (22%)
 357 (44%)
Specialty
 ENT39 (30%)
 General47 (36%)
 Urology45 (34%)
Length of stay
 Day case58 (44%)
 Inpatient*73 (56%)
Previous surgical history
 Yes48 (37%)
 No83 (63%)
Pain experienced during last medical procedure†
 Yes53 (40%)
 No56 (43%)
 Missing22 (17%)
Premedication given‡
 Yes23 (18%)
 No100 (76%)
 Missing8 (6%)
Induction type
 Inhalation66 (50%)
 Intravenous55 (42%)
 Missing10 (8%)
  • *Length of stay ranged from 1 to 10 nights with 30% of children discharged after 24 h.

  • †Last medical procedure experienced by child ranged from check-up to surgery.

  • ‡2 children were given atropine and 21 midazolam.

  • ENT, ear, nose and throat.