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Table 1 Patient characteristics at ICU admission

From: Incidence of airway complications in patients using endotracheal tubes with continuous aspiration of subglottic secretions

Characteristics N:86
Age, mean ± SD 61 ± 14
Male (%) 55 (64)
Apache II, mean ± SD 18 ± 2
Reason for admission (%)  
 Acute respiratory failure 22 (25.5)
 Neurological illness 18 (21.0)
 Severe sepsis or septic shock 14 (16.3)
 Shock 11 (12.7)
 Othera 21 (24.4)
Comorbidities (%)  
 Diabetes 24 (28.0)
 Cardiovascular 21 (24.4)
 COPD 17 (19.7)
 Cancer 17 (19.7)
 Immunosuppression 13 (15.0)
 Chronic liver failure 8 (9.3)
 Chronic renal failure 5 (5.8)
  1. COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  2. aIntoxications, trauma, cardiac arrest, gastrointestinal bleeding