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Table 4 Comparison of clinical course, caloric intake, and selected antibiotics during hospitalization

From: Nutritional parameters affecting severity of pneumonia and length of hospital stay in patients with pneumococcal pneumonia: a retrospective cross-sectional study

  ≥65 years (n = 36) <65 years (n = 21) P-value
Clinical course during hospitalization    
 Length of stay (days) 17.5 ± 12.9 9.0 ± 3.4 0.001*
 Fasting period (days) 2.7 ± 7.2 0.2 ± 0.8 0.022*
 Duration of PPN implementation (days) 8.4 ± 11.4 2.7 ± 2.6 0.014*
 Duration of antibiotic administration (days) 8.9 ± 2.6 6.7 ± 2.9 0.002*
Mean caloric intake    
 Oral ingestion (kcal/day) 1357.9 ± 533.1 1652.4 ± 366.5 0.030*
 PPN (kcal/day) 266.9 ± 49.4 144.8 ± 153.6 0.034*
Selected antibiotics    
 High-dose ABPC 18 13 0.384
 Ceftriaxone 6 6 0.288
 Meropenem 12 2 0.044*
  1. PPN peripheral parenteral nutrition, ABPC aminobenzylpenicillin
  2. *P < 0.05