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Table 1 Baseline characteristics on admission to the ICU

From: Daily sedative interruption versus intermittent sedation in mechanically ventilated critically ill patients: a randomized trial

Characteristics Intermittent sedation (n = 30) Daily interruption (n = 30)
Age (years) 47 (33,58) 51 (46,59)
Female sex, n (%) 13 (43) 17 (57)
Weight (kg) 61 (53,66) 57 (50,71)
APACHE II 22 (18,28) 18 (15.5,25)
PaO2/FiO2 ratio (mmHg) 178 (130,283) 160 (93,259)
Source of admission   
Emergency department, n (%) 15 (50) 14 (47)
Wards, n (%) 11 (37) 15 (50)
Surgical room, n (%) 3 (10) 1 (3)
Other ICU, n (%) 1 (3) 0 (0)
Diagnosis at admission   
Respiratory failure, n (%) 17 (57) 19 (63)
Sepsis syndromes, n (%) 12 (40) 9 (30)
Cardiogenic shock, n (%) 1 (3) 2 (7)
Reason for intubation   
ARDS, n (%) 9 (30) 8 (27)
Sepsis syndromes, n (%) 8 (27) 7 (23)
Pneumonia, n (%) 5 (16) 9 (30)
Acute pulmonary edema, n (%) 3 (10) 1 (3)
Other, n (%) 4 (13) 4 (13)
  1. APACHE II denotes acute physiological and chronic health score.
  2. ARDS denotes acute respiratory distress syndrome.