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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics observed in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock

From: Predictors of mortality in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock in the ICU of a public teaching hospital

Variable n= 72
Age, median (years; IQR) 53 ± 19
Male gender 64%
Type of admission  
   Medical 33 (47%)
   Surgical 39 (53%)
ICU admission source  
   Emergency room 34 (47%)
   Surgical room 38 (53%)
Interval between hospital admission and ICU  
   >24 hours 20 (28%)
   <24 hours 52 (72%)
Physical examination  
   Peripheral edema 46 (63.9%)
   Capillary refilling time reduced 45 (62.5%)
Sedation  
   Yes 55 (76.4%)
   No 17 (23.6%)
Comorbidities  
   Hypertension 23 (31.9%)
   Diabetes 11 (15.3%)
   Alcoholism 30 (41.6%)
   Smoking 29 (40%)
   Chronic renal failure 7 (9.7%)
Hemodialysis 18 (25%)
Blood products 39 (54.2%)
Cardiac arrest rate during ICU stay 4 (2.88%)
APACHE II, median (IQR) 28 (18 to 34)
SOFA score  
   Initial, median (IQR) 3 (2 to 8)
   Media, median (IQR) 6 (5 to 10)
   Maximum, median (IQR) 11 (7 to 13)
Severe sepsis 15 (20.8%)
Septic shock 57 (79.2%)
ICU stay, median (days; IQR) 8 (4 to 15)
Hospital stay, median (days; IQR) 20 (8 to 40)
   Positive cultures  
   Blood 12 (17%)
   Sterile tissue or cavity 11 (15%)
ICU mortality 13 (18%)
Hospital mortality 13 (18%)
  1. Demographic and clinical characteristics observed in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock in the ICU/HRTN between April 2011 and October 2012. IQR, interquartile range.