TABLE 4 Characteristics of acute illnesses in patients referred for intensive care unit (ICU) admission according to whether they were admitted
Admitted to the ICUNot admitted to the ICUp-value
Patients36 (73)13 (27)
Setting of organ failure development
 Initial department0.11
  Pulmonology unit13 (62)8 (38)
  Emergency or other ward23 (82)5 (18)
 Time of organ failure0.17
  Standard working hours22 (67)11 (33)
  Off-hours14 (88)2 (13)
Time from hospital admission to organ failure days0 (0–4)4 (0–11)0.18
Bed available in the medical ICU0.08
  No8 (53)7 (47)
  Yes28 (82)6 (18)
Acute disease
 Organ(s) involved
  Neurological
   Yes10 (67)5 (33)0.50
   No26 (76)8 (24)
  Respiratory
   Yes25 (81)6 (19)0.18
   No11 (61)7 (39)
  Cardiovascular
   Yes17 (85)3 (15)0.13
   No19 (66)10 (34)
  Renal
   Yes2 (50)2 (50)0.28
   No34 (76)11 (24)
  Hepatic
   Yes1 (100)0 (0)1
   No35 (73)13 (27)
LOD score2 (1–7)1 (1–2)0.11
  • Data are presented as n (%) or median (interquartile range), unless otherwise stated. If no bed was available in the hospital's medical ICU, patients could be admitted to another ICU or to an intermediate-care unit. LOD: Logistic Organ Dysfunction.