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Table 4 Comparison of resource utilization, length of stay and mortality in ultrasound-driven evaluation versus conventional management in ICU

From: Impact of an ultrasound-driven diagnostic protocol at early intensive-care stay: a randomized-controlled trial

Variable POCUS group (mean ± SD) Control group
(mean ± SD)
P value
Chest radiographya 2.6 ± 2.0 4.1 ± 3.5 0.01
US requested outside of ICUa 0.6 ± 0.7 1.1 ± 0.7 0.002
Computed tomographya 0.5 ± 0.6 0.9 ± 0.7 0.007
Mechanical ventilation, days 5.1 ± .7 8.8 ± 9.4 0.03
Length of stay in ICU, d 9 ± 8 13 ± 10 0.05
Mortality, no. (%) 7 (17) 6 (15) > 0.99
  1. Echo echocardiography, ICU intensive-care unit, US ultrasound
  2. aDuring the first 5 days of intensive-care unit stay