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Table 1 Characteristics of patients and hospitals

From: Early administration of glucocorticoid for thyroid storm: analysis of a national administrative database

Patient or hospital characteristic Glucocorticoid group Control group
Number of participants, n 600 211
Age (years), median [25th–75th percentiles] 49 [38, 60] 51 [35, 67]
Sex, female, n (%) 429 (71.5) 127 (60.2)
Charlson comorbidity index, median [25th–75th percentiles] 1 [0, 1] 1 [0, 2]
Vasoactive-Inotropic Score, median [25th–75th percentiles] 0 [0, 0] 0 [0, 0]
Consciousness, alert, n (%) 338 (56.3) 119 (56.4)
Defibrillation, n (%) 33 (5.5) 6 (2.8)
Mechanical ventilation use, n (%) 208 (34.7) 54 (25.6)
Renal replacement therapy, n (%) 58 (9.7) 4 (1.9)
Plasma exchange, n (%) 24 (4.0) 0 (0.0)
Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation n (%) 27 (4.5) 3 (1.4)
Intra-aortic balloon pump, n (%) 21 (3.5) 4 (1.9)
Acetaminophen use, n (%) 213 (35.5) 54 (25.6)
Beta-blockers use, n (%) 421 (70.1) 112 (53.1)
Methimazole use, n (%) 512 (85.3) 122 (57.8)
Potassium Iodide use, n (%) 432 (72.0) 84 (39.8)
Annual number of patients of thyroid storm per hospital, median [25th–75th percentiles] 7 [4, 10] 7 [3, 10]
Admission number of ICU each day per hospital, median
[25th–75th percentiles]
5.4 [3.1, 7.4] 5.1 [3.0, 8.3]
Academic hospital, n (%) 137 (22.8) 50 (23.7)
  1. Abbreviations: ASMD absolute standard mean difference, ICU intensive care unit