Table 1

Baseline characteristics of study participants

Variable

3-Day Routine Change Group

(n = 177)

Clinically Indicated Change Group

(n = 185)


Sex - Male, n (%)

96 (54%)

103 (56%)

Age, mean (SD)

65.1 (17.3)

62.7 (15.4)

Reason for admission, n (%)

• Gastrointestinal

46 (26%)

52 (28%)

• Respiratory

37 (21%)

34 (18%)

• Oncology

21 (12%)

21 (11%)

• Orthopaedic

16 (9%)

22 (12%)

• Cardiac

10 (6%)

10 (5%)

• Neurological

9 (5%)

10 (5%)

• Vascular

7 (4%)

7 (4%)

• Renal

16 (9%)

9 (5%)

• Other

15 (8%)

20 (11%)

Number of comorbidities, n (%)

• None

6 (3.4%)

10 (5.4%)

• 1

22 (12.4%)

21 (11.4%)

• 2

44 (24.9%)

54 (29.2%)

• >2

105 (59.3%)

100 (54.1%)

Type of surgery, n (%)

• Nil

124 (70%)

132 (71%)

• Gastrointestinal

22 (12%)

22 (12%)

• Orthopaedic

8 (5%)

15 (8%)

• Other

23 (13%)

16 (9%)

Most recent Hb - Mean (SD)

124.8 (23.2)

126.2 (21.9)


Rickard et al. BMC Medicine 2010 8:53   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-8-53

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