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Table 3 Treatment of haemodynamically stable patients presenting after blunt abdominal injury stratified by FAST-exam result

From: Should we perform a FAST exam in haemodynamically stable patients presenting after blunt abdominal injury: a retrospective cohort study

  Positive FAST (n = 14) False negative FAST (n = 6) True negative FAST (n = 401)
Intervention n(%)
 Embolization 3 (21%)** 1 (17%)* 1 (0.2%)
 Laparotomy 2 (14%) ** 1 (17%)* 0
Transfusion during ED-stay
 For all indications 5 (36%)** 3 (50%)* 18 (4.5%)
 For (presumed) abdominal bleeding 3 (21%)** 1 (17%)* 0
Transfusion during hospitalisation
 For all indications 4 (28%)** 1 (17%)* 22 (5.5%)
 For abdominal bleeding 2 (14%)** 0 0
Destination after ED n(%)
 Discharged 0* 0 115 (29%)
 Surgery ward 0** 2 (33%) 185 (46%)
 ICU 13 (92.9%)** 4 (67%)* 100 (25%)
 Deceased at ED 1 (7.1%) 0 1 (0.2%)
Duration of hospitalisation
 Hospitalisation days (range) 16.4 (0–31)** 9.2 (1–30) 6.6 (0–61)
 Duration ICU days (range) 7.0 (0–29)** 1.7 (0–6)* 1.4 (0–42)
Mortality n(%)
 Related to abdominal trauma 1 (7.1%)* 0 0
 Related to other injuries 1 (7.1%) 1 (17%) 18 (4.5%)
  1. ED emergency department, ICU intensive care unit
  2. *, p < 0.05 compared to “true negative FAST”; **, p < 0.01 compared to “true negative FAST”