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Table 1 General patient, peritonitis and post-operative characteristics (n = 130)

From: Health related quality of life six months following surgical treatment for secondary peritonitis – using the EQ-5D questionnaire

Patient Characteristics (n= 130)   Percentage
Age; mean (SD) 63 (14)  
Males; n 70 53
≥1 major comorbidity; n 73 56
Peritonitis Characteristics   
APACHE – II mean (SD) 15.1 (4.1)  
Mannheim peritonitis index, mean (SD) 19.9 (7.6)  
Extent of contamination:   
   1 or 2 quadrants 49 37
   Diffuse 82 64
Type of contamination:   
   Clear 8 6
   Turbid 29 22
   Purulent 42 32
Etiology of peritonitis:   
   Inflammation 6 5
   Perforation 72 55
   Ischemia/necrosis 6 5
   Anastomotic leakage 41 31
   Other 6 5
Hospital-acquired peritonitis patients (peritonitis following earlier elective operation and/or during hospital stay) 69 53
Postoperative Characteristics   
Pts with ≥1 relaparotomy n 86 66
   Relaparotomies; median (range) 1.0 relaps (1–10)  
Pts admitted to ICU n 115 88
   Length of ICU stay; median (P25–P75) 9 days (6–21)  
Patients ventilated n 110 84
   Duration of ventilation; median, (P25–P75) 6 days (3–12)  
Length of hospital stay median, (P25–P75)§ 34 days (19–60)  
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) 7 5.4
Patients readmitted ≥1 at 6 months 74 57
>1 Morbidities during 6-month follow-up* 33 26
Patients with enterostomy at 6 months 73 56
  1. * Information on morbidities missing for one patient (n = 129)
  2. §For two patients the exact hospital stay was unknown, due to transfer to other hospital