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Table 1 Hospital and demographic characteristics for participating centers

From: Brazilian Sepsis Epidemiological Study (BASES study)

Characteristic Hospital Albert Einstein Hospital Geral do Grajaú Hospital Governador Celso Ramos Hospital Universitário da UFSC Hospital dos Servidores do Estado de SP  
  (Center 1) (Center 2) (Center 3) (Center 4) (Center 5)  
Type Private tertiary hospital Public community hospital managed by a private university Public tertiary hospital with a regional trauma center Public University hospital Public tertiary teaching hospital  
Number of beds 400 249 272 255 391  
Number of ICU beds 28 12 12 06 16  
Stepdown unit Yes No No No No  
Mean monthly hospital admissions 1400 1050 503 624 2184  
Mean monthly ICU admissions 170 38 46 25 103  
Enrollment period 21 May to 10 October 2001 21 May to 10 October 2001 21 May to 10h October 2001 21 May to 10 October 2001 1 November to 31 January 2002 Overall
Number of ICU admissions 837 194 228 124 305 1688
Number of excluded patients 100 02 07 10 13 132
Number of missed patients 134 11 02 12 14 173
Number of enrolled patients 603 181 219 102 278 1383
Ratio of >24 h patients to all patients 0.59 0.80 0.57 0.75 0.64 0.64
Mean ICU LOS, days 1 (1–4) 4 (2–9) 2 (1–7) 2 (1–6) 2 (1–6) 2 (1–6)
Overall ICU mortality rate,% 11.6 38.25 27.7 28.7 26.1 21.8
  1. ICU, intensive care unit; LOS, length of stay. Figures in parentheses are interquartile ranges.