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Table 2 Major admitting diagnoses in surgical patients (n = 101)

From: Utility of routine chest radiographs in a medical–surgical intensive care unit: a quality assurance survey

  Intensive care unit stay
  < 48 hours ≥ 48 hours
Diagnosis (n = 66) (n = 35)
Post-operative monitoring 56 19
   Gastrointestinal 36 13
   Ear, nose and throat 9 1
   Orthopedic 3 1
   Thoracic 1 1
   Vascular 1 1
   Other 6 2
Respiratory failure 2 3
Sepsis 2 3
Post-partum complications 2 0
Cardiovascular 1 2
   (congestive heart failure, cardiac arrest)   
Gastrointestinal complications* 1 5
Other 2 3
  1. * Gastrointestinal complications include common bile duct repair, small bowel obstruction, perforated viscus and peritonitis.