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Table 1 Socio-demographic and disease related characteristics of hospitalized patients with systemic bacterial infection in the internal medicine ward of TASH in 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From: Physicians’ utilization of microbiologic reports and determinants of their preference to order culture in Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Variables Frequency (N = 369) Percent (%)
Age groups (years)
 ≤ 17 27 7.3
 18–64 287 77.8
 ≥ 65 55 14.9
Average age of patient ± SD (range) 39.8 ± 18.5 (10–85)
Sex of patient
 Female 191 51.7
 Male 178 48.2
In hospital length of stay Median 14 days (range 3–60 days)
Setting
 Medical ICU 42 11.4
 Internal medicine 327 88.6
Admission diagnosis
 Infectious 269 72.90
 Circulatory 123 33.33
 Neoplasm 100 27.10
 Signs and symptoms of diseasea 99 26.83
 Endocrine and metabolic 40 10.84
 Digestive 30 8.13
 Genitourinary 25 6.78
 Blood related 26 7.05
 Respiratory 27 7.32
 Other diagnosisb 27 7.32
  1. SD standard deviation
  2. aBased on International Classification of Disease (ICD 10) criteria referrers to the signs and symptoms of the underlying disease (e.g. hemiparesis, secondary to hypertension) that was not classified elsewhere under the primary admission diagnosis but which were the primary reasons for admission
  3. bDrug adverse outcomes (9), seizure/epilepsy (4), gynecology (3), arthritis (2), communicable hydrocephalus (1) cholestatic calculi (1), and injury (2)