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Table 1 Candidate predictors of mortality considered for building multivariable model

From: Predicting mortality in sick African children: the FEAST Paediatric Emergency Triage (PET) Score

Clinical bedside candidate predictors a Percentage missing Laboratory candidate predictors a Percentage missing
Age (months) 0 % Base excess (mmol/L) 34 %
Axillary Temperature (°C) <1 % Blood urea nitrate (mg/dL) 38 %
Capillary refill time (seconds) <1 % Chloride (mmol/L) 34 %
Conscious level b <1 % Glucose (mmol/L) 6 %
Cough <1 % Haemoglobin (g/dL) 3 %
Lung crepitations c <1 % HIV status 21 %
Decreased skin turgor <1 % Lactate (mmol/L) 5 %
Deep breathing <1 % Malaria positive 1 %
Fits greater than 30 min in this illness 1 % Oxygen saturation (%) 4 %
Fits in this illness <1 % pCO2 (mmHg) 34 %
Fitting/convulsions at admission 1 % pH 34 %
Heart rate (beats/min) <1 % Potassium (mmol/L) 35 %
History of fever <1 % Sodium (mmol/L) 33 %
Indrawing <1 % Systolic blood pressure 2 %
Jaundice <1 % TCO2 (mmol/L) 36 %
Liver size >2 cm below costal margin <1 %   
Neck stiffness or bulging fontanelle <1 % Other predictors not considered  
Respiratory distress <1 % Mid-upper arm circumference 6 %
Respiratory rate (breaths/min) <1 %   
Severe pallor d <1 %   
Sex 0 %   
Temperature gradient e 0 %   
Vomiting <1 %   
Weak pulse 0 %   
Weight (kg) 0 %   
  1. a Alphabetical order
  2. b Conscious level defined as prostrate (the inability of a child older than 8 months of age to sit upright or the inability of a child 8 months of age or younger to breast-feed) or coma (the inability to localize a painful stimulus)
  3. c Added breath sounds heard on inspiration in one or both lung fields: any one of crackles, clicks or rattling (rales)
  4. d Severe pallor manifested in tongue, gums, or inner eyelids
  5. e The temperature gradient was assessed by running the back of hand from the toe to the knee; a positive temperature gradient was defined as a notable temperature change from cold (dorsum of foot) to warm (knee)