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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the microcirculation of 13 patients observed during weaning attempts

From: Functional evaluation of sublingual microcirculation indicates successful weaning from VA-ECMO in cardiogenic shock

Baseline characteristics Successful weaning (n = 10) Non-successful weaning (n = 3) Total p value
Number of patients in each group 10 3 13 0.02
Weaning attempts 13 6 19 0.32
Age 56 ± 17 41 ± 16 49 ± 18 0.43
Male gender 9 2 11 0.11
Etiology     
PE 5 0 5 0.03
Post cardiotomy 2 1 3 1.0
ACS 1 1 2 1.0
Myocarditis 1 1 2 1.0
Intoxication 1 0 1 1.0
Days on ICU 15 (6–65) 30 (3–36) 20 (3–65) 0.72
Days of ECMO 5 (2–21) 21 (3–36) 13 (2–36) 0.02
WA p.p. 1.3 ± 0.7 2.0 ± 1.7 1.5 ± 0.5 0.21
  1. Abbreviations: ACS acute coronary syndrome, ICU intensive care unit, PE pulmonary embolism, VA-ECMO veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, p.p. per patient, WA weaning attempts
  2. p values in italics are statistically significant