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Table 2 Characteristics of patients who received blood transfusions and those who did not

From: Hemoglobin levels and blood transfusion in patients with sepsis in Internal Medicine Departments

Parameter Transfused Not transfused P value
no. of patients 68 747  
Age (Mean ± S.D.) 78.8 ± 11.0 74.6 ± 16.0 0.03
Female n (%) 36(52.9) 360(48.1) 0.45
CHF 21(30.8) 260(34.8) 0.51
IHD 24(35.2) 308(41.2) 0.34
Diabetes mellitus 28(41.1) 260(34.8) 0.29
CKD 24(35.2) 205(27.4) 0.16
Chronic dialysis 2(2.9) 19(2.5) 0.84
Active cancer 23(33.8) 147(19.6) 0.006
Terminal disease 13(19.1) 68(9.1) 0.0083
Sepsis stage on admission
 Severe sepsis 6(8.8) 68(9.1) 0.66
 Septic shock 6(8.8) 37(4.9)  
acute myocardial infarction 2(2.9) 29(3.9) 0.69
Acute respiratory failure 1(1.4) 9(1.2) 0.84
CHF exacerbation 4(5.8) 27(3.6) 0.34
HGB on admission 9.25 ± 1.91 11.73 ± 1.92 <0.0001
Minimal HGB 7.86 ± 1.16 10.68 ± 1.77 <0.0001
HGB on day 7 9.72 ± 1.36 11.38 ± 1.79 <.0001
Time from admission to minimal HGB (days) 2.30 ± 1.36 2.18 ± 1.79 0.9821
ΔHGB (admission-minimal HGB); 1.39 ± 1.44 1.06 ± 0.99 0.0127
  1. HGB hemoglobin, LTCF long term care fascility, CHF congestive heart failure, IHD ischemic heart disease, CKD chronic kidney