Table 1

Patient characteristics
Age (mean/range) 62 years (17–96 years)
Gender Male 110 (55%)
Ethnicity Caucasian 182 (91%), Maori 12(6%) and Pacific People 6 (3%)
Fever (>38 degrees Celsius on admission) 111 (56%)
Pulse (median/range) 90 (55–149)
Blood Pressure (median/range) 131/70 (88-177/50-114)
Extent of cellulitis Below knee 132 (66%), above knee 15 (7.5%), both above and below knee 53 (25.5%)
Skin and soft tissue changes Blistering 34 (17%), associated ulcer 34 (17%), subcutaneous haemorrhage 30 (15%), associated wound 16 (8%), abscess formation 14 (7%)
Severity markers Acute kidney injury 28 (14%),death during admission 8 (4%), bacteraemia 7 (3.5%) (S. aureus 4, beta haemolytic streptococci 3), Intensive care admission 3 (1.5%)
Co-morbidities Heart disease 88(44%), diabetes 48(29%), chronic respiratory disease 56 (28%), chronic renal insufficiency 46(23%), central neurological disease or peripheral neurological disease affecting the lower limbs 34(17%), previous or active cancer 30 (15%), cirrhosis 5 (2.5%).
Anti-coagulant and anti-platelet medication Anti-platelet therapy 70 (35%), and 14 (7%) anti-coagulant therapy 14 (7%).

Maze et al.

Maze et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:141   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-13-141

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