Table 3

Abortion characteristics of final abortion attempt for hotline clients seeking second-trimester medication abortion (2012–2016) (n=91)

Characteristics% (n)N
Medications used91
  Mifepristone and misoprostol in combination82.4 (75)
  Misoprostol alone17.6 (16)
Hours between mifepristone and first dose of misoprostol (mean (range)*32.9 (12–60)47
Timing of medication doses adheres to evidence-based protocols*95.7 (45)47
Warning signs of potential complications†90
 Experienced heavy bleeding12.2 (11)
 Experienced high fever3.3 (3)
  • *Complete data on medication timing missing for 28 callers.

  • †Data on heavy bleeding and high fever missing for one caller. Heavy bleeding is defined as soaking more than two sanitary pads per hour for more than 2 hours; high fever is defined as recorded temperature of over 38°C for more than 24 hours.