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Table 1 Patients' demographical and clinical characteristics (n = 1257)

From: Performance of six severity-of-illness scores in cancer patients requiring admission to the intensive care unit: a prospective observational study

Parameter Value
Age (years) 56.0 ± 16.7 (18–93)
Male sex 660 (52.5%)
SOFA (points) 3 (2–7, 1–19)
APACHE II (points) 12 (8–18, 0–48)
APACHE III-J® (points) 44 (27–71, 3–199)
SAPS II (points) 29 (18–47, 0–121)
Primary reason for ICU admission  
   Scheduled surgical patients 715 (56.9%)
Craniotomy 281 (22.3%)
Gastrointestinal surgery 146 (11.6%)
Head and neck surgery 116 (9.2%)
Lung resection 101 (8.0%)
Genitourinary surgery 41 (3.3%)
Other 30 (2.4%)
   Emergency surgical patients 138 (11.0%)
Complications of previous GI surgery 72 (5.7%)
GI perforation/rupture 12 (1.0%)
GI obstruction 12 (1.0%)
Intracranial haemorrhage 8 (0.6%)
Cholangitis/cholecystectomy 7 (0.6%)
Other 27 (2.1%)
   Medical patients 404 (32.1%)
Sepsis 221 (17.6%)
Pulmonary 183
Urinary 19
Other/unknown 19
Respiratory failure (excluding sepsis) 77 (6.1%)
Cancer 37
Pulmonary embolism 28
Other 12
Cardiopulmonary arrest 19 (1.5%)
Metabolic disturbances 15 (1.2%)
Cardiac arrhythmias (excluding coronary disease) 12 (1.0%)
Stroke 12 (1.0%)
Status epilepticus 12 (1.0%)
GI bleeding 10 (0.8%)
Other 26 (2.1%)
  1. A total of 1257 patients were included. Values are expressed as mean ± standard deviation (range); median (interquartile range, range); or n (%). APACHE, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation; GI, gastrointestinal; ICU, intensive care unit; SAPS, Simplified Acute Physiology Score; SOFA, Sequential Organ Failure Assessment.