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Table 1 Comparison of children receiving BiPAP for status asthmaticus by severity of illness

From: BiPAP for treating moderate and severe asthma exacerbations in a PED

  Moderate
(n = 206)
Severe
(n = 197)
P value
Age (years) 6.8 ± SD 2.8 7.1 ± SD 4.2 X
Gender 62% male 61% male X
History of asthma 92% 87% X
Prior PICU admission 21% 32% X
Prior history of BiPAP use 19% 24% X
Prior history of intubation 6% 7% X
Mean triage for BiPAP start (hours) 2.8 ± SD 2.1 1.2 ± SD 1.25 <0.0001
Mean time on BiPAP (hours) 3.9 ± SD 3.6 5.6 ± SD 5.2 <0.0001
Median time on BiPAP (hours) 2.7 3.8 X
Admission to PICU 58% 75% X
Total length of hospital stay 42 ± SD 26 50 ± SD 33 <0.06
Serious complications None None X
72-hour returns n = 1 (0.5%) -
no admits
n = 4 (2%) -
no admits
X