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Table 2 Baseline characteristics

From: Multiplex PCR point of care testing versus routine, laboratory-based testing in the treatment of adults with respiratory tract infections: a quasi-randomised study assessing impact on length of stay and antimicrobial use

  Control Intervention
Male gender 52% (110/211) 52% (172/334)
Age (years)a 61 (47–73) 67 (47–77)
Charlson scorea 0 (0–2) 1 (0–3)
White cell count (×109/L)a 9.6 (6.8–13.7) 9.6 (6.9–13.1)
C-Reactive protein (mg/L)a 38.3 (9.4–123.1) 39.5 (15.4–124.5)
Early warning scorea 2 (1–4) 2 (1–4)
Admitted on the weekend 22% (47/211) 22% (73/334)
  1. amedian (IQR), Early Warning Score: Six physiological parameters routinely recorded: i) respiratory rate, ii) oxygen saturations, iii) temperature, iv) systolic blood pressure, v) pulse rate and vi) level of consciousness. In addition, a weighting score of 2 should be added for any patient requiring supplemental oxygen (oxygen delivery by mask or nasal cannulae)