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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of patients assigned to the study groups

From: A comparison of nasogastric tube insertion by SORT maneuver (sniffing position, NGT orientation, contralateral rotation, and twisting movement) versus neck flexion lateral pressure in critically ill patients admitted to ICU: a prospective randomized clinical trial

Variable NFLP (n = 200) SORT (n = 196) P
Age (years) 58.5 (24.0) 52.0 (30.0) 0.008
Weight (kg) 70.4 ± 6.0 70.9 ± 7.7 0.469
Sex 0.370
 Male 119 (59.5%) 109 (55.1%)  
 Female 81 (40.5%) 89 (44.9%)  
BMI 26.9 ± 3.2 26.1 ± 3.3 0.012
Mallampati score 0.621
 I 59 (36.4%) 70 (41.9%)  
 II 83 (51.2%) 82 (49.1%)  
 III 18 (11.1%) 13 (7.8%)  
 IV 2 (1.2%) 2 (1.2%)  
Comorbidities 0.820
 Diabetes mellitus 65 (32.5%) 60 (30.6%)  
 Hypertension 43 (21.5%) 40 (20.4%)  
 Ischemic heart dis 63 (31.5%) 59 (30.1%)  
 Kidney dis 10 (5.0%) 11 (5.6%)  
 Without comorbidity 19 (9.5%) 26 (13.2%)  
Admission type 0.882
 Post op 86 (43.0%) 89 (45.4%)  
 Trauma 48 (24.0%) 46 (23.5%)  
 Medical 66 (33.0%) 61 (31.1%)  
APACHE 22.7 ± 4.5 22.1 ± 4.7 0.195
SOFA 12.3 ± 2.1 12.5 ± 2.4 0.377
RRT 15 (7.6%) 13 (6.5%) 0.669
Vasopressor use 33 (16.83%) 35 (17.5%) 0.860
MV duration 10.85 ± 2.34 11.36 ± 2.71 0.046
ICU LOS 15.34 ± 3.21 15.85 ± 3.62 0.139
Death rate 13 (6.63%) 14 (7.14%) 0.841
  1. NFLP: neck flexion lateral pressure; SORT: sniffing position, NGT orientation, contralateral rotation, and twisting movement; APACHE: acute physiology and chronic health evaluation; SOFA: sequential organ failure assessment; MV duration: mechanical ventilation duration; ICU LOS: intensive care unit length of stay
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