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Table 2 Characteristics of ICU patients receiving a RBC transfusion between April 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016

From: A retrospective observational analysis of red blood cell transfusion practices in stable, non-bleeding adult patients admitted to nine medical-surgical intensive care units

Characteristic Total frequency
Total included ICU admissions, n 2287
 Unique patients 2142
Mean age, years (SD) 58.6 (15.5)
 < 55 years, n (%) 810 (35.4)
 55–64 years, n (%) 594 (26.0)
 65–74 years, n (%) 537 (23.5)
 ≥ 75 years, n (%) 346 (15.1)
Gender, n (%)
 Male 1240 (54.2)
 Female 1047 (45.8)
Mean APACHE II score (SD) 24.4 (8.0)
 APACHE II score ≤ 20, n (%) 762 (33.3)
 APACHE II score > 20, n (%) 1525 (66.7)
Mean SOFA score (SD) 9.1 (4.1)
 SOFA score < 10, n (%) 1259 (55.1)
 SOFA score ≥ 10, n (%) 1028 (44.9)
Location transferred from, n (%)
 Emergency department 672 (29.4)
 Operating or recovery room 447 (19.6)
 Other ICU 43 (1.9)
 Other 1125 (49.1)
ICU admit diagnostic category (or surgery for), n (%)
 Infection 612 (26.8)
 Gastrointestinal 350 (15.3)
 Gastrointestinal bleeding 62 (2.7)
 Sepsis 257 (11.2)
 Cardiovascular 232 (10.1)
 Hepatic-renal 164 (7.2)
 Respiratory 135 (5.9)
 Trauma 128 (5.6)
 Pancreatic 56 (2.5)
 Cancer 48 (2.1)
 Orthopedic 32 (1.4)
 Drug overdose 19 (0.8)
 Other 192 (8.4)
Charlson comorbidity index, n (%)
 0 642 (28.1)
 1 540 (23.6)
 ≥ 2 1105 (48.3)
Mechanical ventilation, n (%) 1922 (84.0)
Length of stay
 Median ICU, days (IQR) 8.1 (11.2)
 Mean ICU, days (SD) 12.4 (14.3)
 Median hospital, days (IQR) 25.5 (37.5)
 Mean hospital, days (SD) 40.7 (45.5)
Readmission, n (%)
 ICU within 72 h 61 (2.7)
 Hospital within 30 days 330 (14.4)
 Hospital within 60 days 497 (21.7)
Mortality, n (%)
 ICU mortality 430 (18.8)
 Hospital mortality 664 (29.0)