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Table 4 Characteristics of patients included in the multidetector computed tomography study

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

Characteristics MDCT (N:37) No MDCT (N:49) p value
Age, mean ± SD 64.7 ± 8.9 58.7 ± 16.2 0.04
Apache II, mean ± SD 18.8 ± 1.6 17.7 ± 1.9 0.005
Airway and intubation    
 Cormack–Lehane score III–IV (%) 5 (13.5) 7 (14.2) 0.91
 Number of attempts required for intubation, mean ± SD 1.3 ± 0.6 1.3 ± 0.4 0.40
 Diameter of endotracheal tube (mm), mean ± SD 7.8 ± 0.2 7.8 ± 0.3 0.49
 Subglottic aspiration pressure (mmHg), mean ± SD 19.4 ± 3.4 19.9 ± 1.6 0.34
 Difficult intubation (%) 6 (16.2) 7 (14.3) 0.80
 Urgent intubation (%) 34 (91.8) 43 (87.8) 0.53
 Stridor (%) 2 (5.4) 5 (10.2) 0.69
 Dysphonia (%) 7 (18.9) 9 (18.3) 0.77
Length of ICU stay (days), mean ± SD 6.5 ± 3.9 5.8 ± 5.6 0.67
  1. MDCT multidetector computed tomography