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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of patients admitted at the Department of Medicine with infection without SIRS, sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock in an 18-month period

From: Focus of infection and microbiological etiology in community-acquired infections in hospitalized adult patients in the Faroe Islands

Variables Infection without SIRS Sepsis of any severity Sepsis Severe sepsis Septic shock
Total n = 471 n = 583 n = 296 n = 266 n = 21
Gender, n (%)
 Male 217 (46.1) 298 (51.1) 141 (47.6) 145 (54.5) 12 (57.1)
 Female 254 (53.9) 285 (48.9) 155 (52.4) 121 (45.5) 9 (42.9)
Age categories, yrs., n (%)
 15–39 50 (10.6) 56 (9.6) 44 (14.9) 11 (4.1) 1 (4.8)
 40–64 92 (19.5) 142 (24.4) 68 (23.0) 69 (25.9) 5 (23.8)
 65–84 241 (51.2) 291 (49.9) 159 (53.7) 124 (46.6) 8 (38.1)
 85+ 88 (18.7) 94 (16.1) 25 (8.4) 62 (23.3) 7 (33.3)
Charlson comorbidity index, n (%)
 0 92 (19.5) 123 (21.1) 68 (23.0) 51 (19.2) 4 (19.0)
 1–2 176 (37.4) 213 (36.5) 104 (35.1) 102 (38.3) 7 (33.3)
  > 2 203 (43.1) 247 (42.4) 124 (41.9) 113 (42.5) 10 (47.6)
Immunosuppression*, n (%)
 No 282 (59.9) 389 (66.7) 182 (61.5) 190 (71.4) 17 (81.0)
 Yes 189 (40.1) 194 (33.3) 114 (38.5) 76 (28.6) 4 (19.0)
  1. *Immuno-compromised state was defined by either administration in the 6 months prior to admission of steroid treatment (at least 0.3 mg/kg prednisolone), radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or as severe malnutrition, congenital immuno- humoral or cellular immune deficiency state [29]