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Table 3 Difficulty in the availability of ICU equipment and medications

From: A survey on the resources and practices in pediatric critical care of resource-rich and resource-limited countries

Equipment and medicationa Developed country (n = 34) Developing country (n = 39) P value
Hospital beds 0 (0) 10.26 (4) .05
ICU beds 2.94 (1) 12.82 (5) .13
Operating room 0 (0) 5.13 (2) .10
Central IV catheter 0 (0) 12.82 (5) .03
ICU monitoring devices 2.94 (1) 23.08 (9) .01
Mechanical ventilators 0 (0) 7.69 (3) .10
Cardiac defibrillators 0 (0) 5.13 (2) .18
Radiology equipment 0 (0) 17.95 (7) .009
Dialysis equipment 2.94 (1) 38.46 (15) <.001
Blood bank 0 (0) 5.13 (2) .18
Antimicrobials 14.71 (5) 25.64 (10) .25
Pain/sedation medicationsb 2.94 (1) 23.08 (9) .01
Cardiovascular drugs 0 (0) 2.56 (1) .35
Crystalloid fluids 0 (0) 7.69 (3) .09
Blood products/albumin 0 (0) 23.08 (9) .002
  1. ICU intensive care unit, IV intravenous
  2. aPercentage of respondents in the group who selected “difficult” or “very difficult” for the survey item
  3. bThese medications include opioids, benzodiazepine, and ketamine