TABLE 2

Characteristics of patients

CharacteristicaValue for patientsb (n = 107)
Age (yr)59 (48–71)
No. of men/women77/30
Body wt (kg)75 (65–85)
Body mass index (kg/m2)24 (22–28)
No. (%) with comorbidities
    COPD/asthma19 (18)
    Heart disease24 (22)
    Diabetes23 (21)
    Chronic renal disease31 (29)
    Liver cirrhosis7 (6)
    Cancer17 (16)
    Corticosteroids34 (32)
    Other immunosuppressive agents25 (23)
    Organ transplantation17 (16)
No. (%) with medical admission69 (64)
APACHE II score on ICU admission19 (13–25)
SOFA score at the onset of therapy6 (4–9)
No. (%) with septic shock at the onset of therapy57 (53)
No. (%) on mechanical ventilation at the onset of therapy58 (54)
ICU mortality (no. [%])24 (22)
  • a COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; APACHE, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation; SOFA, Sequential Organ Failure Assessment; ICU, intensive care unit.

  • b Data are presented as counts (percentages) or medians (25th to 75th percentiles).