Table 2

Characteristics of the study population

Country 1Country 2Country 3Country 4Country 5Total
Patients studied2373 (20.9%)2897 (25.5%)1632 (14.3%)2003 (17.6%)2474 (21.7%)11 379 (100.0%)
Median age49 (44)35 (33)50 (36)42 (40)55 (40)45 (39)
Women1129 (47.6%)1544 (53.3%)855 (52.4%)1161 (58.0%)1286 (52.0%)5975 (52.5%)
Specialised medical care887 (37.4%)751 (25.9%)658 (40.3%)710 (35.4%)1039 (42.0%)4045 (35.5%)
Surgery/gynaecology739 (31.1%)1099 (37.9%)509 (31.2%)762 (38.0%)789 (31.9%)3898 (34.3%)
Obstetrics142 (6.0%)362 (12.5%)231 (14.2%)305 (15.2%)201 (8.1%)1241 (10.9%)
Paediatrics453 (19.1%)561 (19.4%)168 (10.3%)205 (10.2%)314 (12.7%)1701 (14.9%)
Intensive care152 (6.4%)124 (4.3%)66 (4.0%)21 (1.0%)131 (5.3%)494 (4.3%)
Emergency admission1523 (86.5%)2189 (81.2%)1291 (84.3%)1153 (67.2%)1875 (77.3%)8031 (79.3%)
Planned admission238 (13.5%)506 (18.8%)241 (15.7%)564 (32.8%)550 (22.7%)2099 (20.7%)
Stay before the survey5 (10)7 (13)6 (14)3 (6)8 (17)6 (13)
Commorbidity factors1238 (52.2%)1507 (52.00%)854 (52.30%)1103 (55.10%)1426 (57.60%)6128 (53.90%)
Risk factor associated with the use of medical devices1935 (81.50%)2472 (85.30%)884 (54.20%)1633 (81.50%)1560 (63.10%)8484 (74.60%)