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Table 1 Patient characteristics before and after transport (Wilcoxon test)

From: Quality of inter-hospital transportation in 431 transport survivor patients suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome referred to specialist centers

  Before transporta After transportb p value
ARDS severity (n = 295) (according to Berlin definition)
 Mild (n/%) 4/1.3 13/4.4  
 Moderate (n/%) 69/23.4 97/32.9  
 Severe (n/%) 222/75.3 185/62.7  
SOFA score (n = 147) median (IQR) 10 (8–12) 11 (8–13) < 0.001*
PaO2/FiO2 (mmHg)    
 All patients (n = 293) median (IQR) 78.8 (62.9–100) 82.9 (64.6–121.9) 0.002*
 Without ECMO (n = 251) median (IQR) 80.0 (63.3–101.3) 81.5 (63.8–115.1) 0.059
 With ECMO (n = 42) median (IQR) 72.5 (54.1–92.1) 95.6 (67.9–131.7) 0.002*
Continuous infusion of noradrenalin (µg/kg/min) (n = 173) median (IQR) 0.22 (0.10–0.59) 0.24 (0.11–0.59) 0.388
  1. aIn the morning of the transportation day
  2. bImmediately after ICU admission in the receiving hospital
  3. * p < 0.05