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Table 1 Baseline characteristics, clinical variables and variables of intensive care therapy

From: Acute and long-term survival in chronically critically ill surgical patients: a retrospective observational study

Variable Value
Number of patients 390
Age (years) 65.3 ± 13.5 (67.0; 58.0–75.0)
Sex (% male) 71.5
Emergency admission (%) 60.4
Readmission (%) 12.3
Immediate postoperative admission (%) 66.2
Surgical speciality (%)  
   Abdominal surgery 48.8
   Thoracic surgery 17.7
   Vascular surgery 20.8
   Orthopaedic surgery 9.8
   Combined surgery (%) 1.5
Benign disease (%) 66.3
Curative surgery for malignant disease (%) 21.9
Palliative surgery for malignant disease (%) 11.8
APACHE II score on admission day 18.4 ± 6.9 (18.0; 13.0–23.3)
Pneumonia (%) 68.1
Peritonitis (%) 30.8
Severe sepsis (%) 61.1
Need for mechanical ventilation (%) 99.0
Duration of mechanical ventilation (days) 44.8 ± 44.7 (31.0; 17.0–57.3)
Need for catecholamine therapy (%) 92.3
Duration of catecholamine therapy (days) 28.3 ± 30.4 (18.0; 6.0–32.0)
Need for renal replacement therapy (%) 35.1
Duration of continuous renal replacement therapy (days) 9.8 ± 23.9 (0.0; 0.0–7.8)
Need for red cell transfusion (%) 97.2
Number of transfused red blood cell units 21.8 ± 26.0 (14.0; 6.0–28.0)
Number of surgical revisions 2.1 ± 3.0 (1.0; 0.0–3.0)
Maximum APACHE II score during ICU stay 29.4 ± 6.9 (30; 25.0–34.0)
Maximum number of failing organs 4.4 ± 1.4 (5; 3–6)
  1. Continuous data are presented as mean ± standard deviation (median; 25% to 75% quartile). APACHE, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation; ICU, intensive care unit.