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Table 1 Demographic and clinical data

From: Procalcitonin to guide duration of antibiotic therapy in intensive care patients: a randomized prospective controlled trial

  Controls PCT-guided antibiotic therapy P
Patients (n) 53 57  
Age (years) 66.6 ± 15.5 67.3 ± 14.4 >0.05
Gender    >0.05
Male 29 29  
Female 24 28  
Diagnoses    >0.05
Pneumonia 19 24  
Peritonitis 30 29  
Soft tissue infection 1 2  
Urosepsis 3 2  
SAPS II 40.5 ± 15.1 40.1 ± 17.1 >0.05
Intensive care (days) 17.7 ± 10.1 15.5 ± 12.5 0.046
Hospital discharge    >0.05
Survived 39 42  
Deceased 14 15  
  1. PCT = procalcitonin; SAPS II = Simplified Acute Physiology Score II. Mean ± standard deviation.