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Table 4 Demographic and clinical characteristics of severe sepsis and/or septic shock patients

From: Prevalence and incidence of severe sepsis in Dutch intensive care units

Demographic/clinical characteristic Severe sepsis (n = 134) Septic shock (n = 53)
Previous location
Surgery 50 (37) 26 (49)
Internal Medicine 20 (15) 5 (9)
Cardiology 0 0
Neurology 5 (4) 2 (4)
Emergency room 35 (26) 14 (26)
Outside hospital 13 10) 3 (6)
Other 11 (8) 3 (6)
Reason for ICU admission
Acute surgery 41 (31) 20 (38)
Elective surgery 5 (4) 2 (4)
Acute trauma 5 (4) 1 (2)
Acute infection 83 (62) 30 (57)
Source of infection
Lung 63 (47) 22 (42)
Abdomen 45 (34) 20 (38)
Urethra 3 (2) 3 (6)
Central nervous system 2 (1) 1 (2)
Blood 3 (2) 0
Skin 9 (7) 5 (9)
Other 9 (7) 2 (4)
Comorbidities
Diabetes 25 (19) 9 (17)
History of CVA 17 (13) 7 (13)
Malignancy 32 (24) 14 (26)
Heart failure 12 (9) 4 (8)
Respiratory failure 35 (26) 13 (25)
Liver failure 2 (1) 1 (2)
Kidney failure 14 (10) 7 (13)
  1. Previous location, reason for admission, source of infection and presence of comorbidities at the time of intensive care unit (ICU) admission in prevalent patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. Number of patients (%). CVA, cerebrovascular accident.