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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of participants

From: Sepsis-associated microvascular dysfunction measured by peripheral arterial tonometry: an observational study

  Severe sepsis Sepsis without organ failure Control P valuea
N 54 31 45  
Age b 52.4 (48.3-56.5) 50.8 (46.5-55.2) 47.2 (43.1-51.4) NS
Male n (%) 33 (61) 21 (68) 30 (67) NS
Diabetic n (%) 18 (33) 7 (23) 14 (31) NS
Smoker n (%) 28 (57) 12 (39) 18 (41) NS
IHD n (%) 9 (17) 6 (19) 6 (13) NS
On statin n (%) 13 (24) 9 (29) 13 (29) NS
APACHE II c 19.0 (15-23) 7.5 (5-11)   < 0.0001
SOFA score c 6 (3-9) 1 (0-2)   < 0.0001
Focus of infection -- n (%)     
Pleuropulmonary n (%) 26 (48) 16 (52)   
Skin/soft tissue n (%) 9 (17) 9 (29)   
Intra-abdominal n (%) 6 (11) 1 (3)   
Urinary n (%) 4 (7) 3 (10)   
Other n (%) 9 (17) 2(6)   
Causative organism     
None cultured n (%) 25 (46) 20 (65)   
Gram positive bacterium n (%) 15 (28) 5 (16)   
Gram negative bacterium n (%) 14 (26) 6 (19)   
Origin of sepsis     
Community-acquired n (%) 47 (87) 30 (97)   
Nosocomial n (%) 7 (13) 1 (3)   
  1. a. For difference between all three groups by one way analysis of variance
  2. b. Mean (95% confidence interval)
  3. c. Median (interquartile range)
  4. APACHE II = Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II; IHD = ischaemic heart disease; NS = not significant; SOFA = Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score