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Table 3 Demographic and clinical characteristics of the patients with a positive SeptiFast test

From: Quantitative data from the SeptiFast real-time PCR is associated with disease severity in patients with sepsis

  All patients (n=94) Patients with Cp >17.5 (n=72) Patients with Cp <17.5 (n=22) P-value for comparison
Female 35 (37%) 26 (36%) 9 (41%) 0.80
Age, years 74 (14-96) 69 (25-96) 74 (14-93) 0.36
Co-morbidities     
Heart disease 22 (23%) 14 (20%) 8 (36%) 0.12
Neurological disease 13 (14%) 8 (11%) 5 (23%) 0.18
Chronic renal failure 12 (13%) 10 (14%) 2 (9%) 0.54
Neoplasms 17 (18%) 14 (20%) 3 (14%) 0.50
Clinical data     
Antibiotics before analyses 20 (21%) 15 (21%) 5 (23%) 0.85
Blood culture positivity 45 (48%) 23 (32%) 22 (100%) <0.001
C-reactive protein 108 (1-446) 93 (1-372) 212 (12-446) 0.002
Body temperature, C° 38.7 (37.0-41.4) 38.7 (37.1-41.0) 38.8 (37.0-41.4) 0.89
> 2 SIRS criteria 82 (87%) 61 (85%) 21 (96%) 0.19
Severe sepsis/septic shock 27 (29%) 11(15%) 16 (73%) <0.001
Septic shock 3 (3%) 0 3 (14%) 0.01
Hospitalisation length, days 7 (0-78) 5 (0-75) 19.5 (4-78) <0.001
Intensive care unit admission 8 (9%) 3 (4%) 5 (23%) 0.016
1 month mortality rate 8 (9%) 4 (6%) 4 (18%) 0.084
  1. Data are presented as numbers (percentages) for categorical variables and as median values (ranges) for continuous variables.