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Table 1 Patient characteristics

From: ICU physicians’ and internists’ survival predictions for patients evaluated for admission to the intensive care unit

Characteristics Patients, N (%)a (n = 201)
Men 128 (63.7)
Age, median (IQR) (year) 67 (56–77)
Living place
 Home 191 (95)
 Nursing home 10 (5)
Advanced disease 105 (52.2)
Type of disease in patients with advanced diseaseb (n = 105)
 Metastatic cancer or active hematologic malignancy 37 (35.2)
 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (FEV ≤ 50% or non-invasive ventilation or oxygenotherapy) 38 (36.2)
 Chronic heart failure (NYHA III and IV and/or LVEF ≤ 20%) 7 (6.6)
 Chronic renal failure (GFR ≤ 30 ml/min) 20 (19.0)
 Cirrhosis Child B or C 18 (17.1)
Number of hospitalizations in previous 12 months
 0 107 (53.2)
 1 39 (19.4)
 > 1 55 (27.4)
Number of days between admission to general internal medicine wards and ICU consultation, median (IQR) 3 (1–8)
Code status (2 missing): full code 104 (51.7)
Reason for calling ICUc
 Respiratory failure 111 (55.2)
 Cardiac failure or shock (including sepsis) 55 (27.4)
 Neurological symptoms 32 (15.9)
 Cardiac arrest or arrhythmia 16 (8)
 ICU physician’s advice 48 (23.9)
 Other 18 (8.9)
  1. aData are N (%) of patients unless otherwise indicated
  2. bTotal > 100% because more than one advanced disease per patient
  3. cTotal > 100% because more than one reason possible