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Table 3 Transfusion characteristics

From: Transfusion of platelets, but not of red blood cells, is independently associated with nosocomial infections in the critically ill

Patients Overall (n = 3502) Infected (N = 476) Non-infected (N = 3026) p value
RBC [n (%)] 1235 (35) 272 (57) 963 (32) <0.001
RBC > 14 days [n (%)] 1053 (30) 224 (47) 829 (27) <0.001
FFP [n (%)] 602 (17) 159 (33) 443 (15) <0.001
Platelets [n (%)] 621 (18) 157 (33) 464 (15) <0.001
Time between (first) transfusion and infection (days)
 RBC [median (IQR)]   6 (3–10)   
 FFP [median (IQR)]   6.5 (4–10)   
 Platelets [median (IQR)]   7 (4–10)   
Blood products in transfused patients Overall (n = 1304) Infected (n = 288) Non-infected (N = 1016) p value
RBC     
 No. of units [median (IQR)] 4 (2–8) 5 (2–11) 4 (2–7) <0.001
 No. of units >14 days [median (IQR)] 3 (1–6) 4 (1–8) 2 (1–6) <0.001
FFP     
 No. of units [median (IQR)] 0 (0–0) 0 (0–3) 0 (0–0) <0.001
 Platelets     
 No. of units [median (IQR)] 0 (0–0) 0 (0–2) 0 (0–0) <0.001
  1. RBC red blood cells, FFP fresh-frozen plasma, IQR inter-quartile range