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Table 2 Effect of semi-quantitative procalcitonin assay on adequacy of empirical antibiotics and mortality in septic patients

From: Effect of semi-quantitative procalcitonin assay on the adequacy of empirical antibiotics and mortality in septic patients

Outcomes Semi-quantitative PCT assay, n(%) RR (95% CI) P value
  Examined Not examined   
Empirical antibiotic initiation time    
   ≤6 hours 83 (87.4) 36 (35.3) 2.48 (1.88 to 3.26) <0.001
   >6 hours 12 (12.6) 66 (64.7)   
Appropriateness of empirical antibiotics    
   Appropriate 88 (92.6) 95 (93.1) 0.99 (0.92 to 1.08) 0.890
   Inappropriate 7 (7.4) 7 (6.9)   
14-day mortality     
   Yes 26 (27.4) 53 (52.0) 0.53 (0.36 to 0.77) <0.001
   No 69 (72.6) 49 (48.0)