TABLE 1

Baseline characteristics of patients. Values are percentages in each group, unless stated otherwise. None of the differences between the groups was significant

CharacteristicIntervention group (n=1691)Control group (n=1702)
 Women46.348.5
 Median (range) age (years)72 (18–101)72 (18–99)
Source of infection:
  Lungs8.39.4
  Urinary tract31.328.9
  Intra-abdominal9.58.9
  Soft tissues7.57.6
  Endocarditis3.53.3
  Neutropenic fever3.52.7
  Intravascular line6.36.4
  Other7.89.6
  Unknown22.323.2
 Septic shock11.211.8
 Neutropenia5.75.8
 Infected while in hospital40.241.9
 Median (range) creatinine (mg/dl)1.2 (0.2-14.8)1.2 (0.2-15.0)
 Median (range) albumin (mg/dl)3.8 (1.1-5.1)3.8 (1.5-5.0)