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Table 1 Patient characteristics (intent-to-treat analysis)

From: A randomised controlled comparison of early post-pyloric versus early gastric feeding to meet nutritional targets in ventilated intensive care patients

Variable Gastric group Median (IQR) Post-pyloric group Median (IQR)
Age 54 (40-63) 50 (45-70)
Sex (M:F) 28:26 24:26
APACHE II score 24.5 (20-28) 30 (25-35)a
Length of stay in days 5.02 (1.98-9.99) 5.3 (2.73-9.89)
Ventilator days 3.92 (1.5-8.54) 3.93 (2.3-8.38)
Number of interal feed days 3.92 (1.05-7.88) 3.63 (1.89-6.92)
Diagnoses: n (%)   
Medical   
Sepsis 7 (13) 9 (18)
Cardiac arrest 9 (17) 5 (10)
Respiratory infection 6 (11) 13 (26)
COAD 4 (7) 4 (8)
Other 21 (39) 16 (32)
Surgical   
Trauma 6 (11) 2 (4)
Other 1 (2) 1 (2)
  1. APACHE = Acute Physiologic and Chronic Health Evaluation; COAD = Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease; F = female; IQR = interquartile range; M = male.
  2. a P = 0.005.