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Table 1 Participant characteristics

From: Hypovitaminosis C and vitamin C deficiency in critically ill patients despite recommended enteral and parenteral intakes

Characteristic Total cohort (n = 44)* Non-septic (n = 17) Septic shock (n = 24) P valuea
Gender, % male 61 71 58  
Age, years 64 (14) 64 (11) 64 (15) 0.3
Weight, kg 78 (20) 87 (18) 72 (19) 0.9
Baseline disease
 Cardiac   12   
 Neurological   3  
 Trauma   1  
 Failed renal transplant   1  
Source of sepsis
 Abdominal    13  
 Respiratory    8
 Skin/joint    2
 Urinary    1
SAPS II 45.8 (14) 46.5 (13) 45.3 (16) 0.8
APACHE II 20 (6.4) 21.4 (7.0) 19 (5.9) 0.3
SOFA 8.2 (3.6) 9.4 (3.5) 7.6 (3.2) 0.8
  1. Abbreviations: SAPS Simplified Acute Physiology Score, APACHE Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation, SOFA Sequential Organ Failure Assessment
  2. Data are presented as percentage or mean and SD where applicable
  3. *Note that three patients could not be categorised as either non-septic or septic shock
  4. aUnpaired Student’s t test for non-septic versus septic shock