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Table 4 Management changes resulting from chest radiographs (CXRs)

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

  Medical patients Surgical patients
    < 48 hours ≥ 48 hours
  Routine Non-routine   Routine Non-routine
  (n = 103) (n = 24)   (n = 26) (n = 4)
CXR that changed management (n) (% total) 127 (20%) 12 (15%) 30 (24%)
Total number of management changes* 107 27 13 29 6
Adjustment/insertion of medical device 62 (58%) 15 (56%) 5 (38%) 12 (41%) 1 (17%)
Ventilator setting changes 1 (1%) 0 0 0 0
Antibiotic treatment 3 (3%) 4 (15%) 0 0 0
Treatment of congestive heart failure 8 (8%) 1 (4%) 4 (31%) 8 (28%) 1 (17%)
Thoracentesis 7 (6%) 1 (4%) 0 3 (10%) 1 (17%)
Bronchoscopy 11 (10%) 3 (11%) 0 0 1 (17%)
Other 15 (14%) 3 (11%) 4 (31%) 6 (21%) 2 (33%)
  1. Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding. * Some CXRs resulted in more than one management change. Only routine CXRs changed management.