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Table 1 Documentation of parameters potentially influencing the MECU-anesthesiologist’s decision to resuscitate or not to resuscitate

From: Termination of prehospital resuscitative efforts: a study of documentation on ethical considerations at the scene

  Resuscitative efforts initiated Dead without treatment Test Level of significance
n 642 633   
Sex F/M 212/430 288/345 Chi2 <0.0001
Age (Median, Quartiles) 68 years (57, 78) 77 years (65, 85) Kruskal-Wallis <0.0001
Presence of bystanders Chi2 (2 × 6 table) <0.0001
 None (n (% 95% CI)) 47 (7.3% (5.4–9.1%)) 53 (8.4% (6.3–10.8%))   
 Next of kin (n (% 95% CI)) 277 (43.1% (39.3–47.1%)) 252 (39.8% (36.0–43.7%))   
 Caregivers (n (% 95% CI)) 70 (10.9% (8.6–13.6%)) 210 (33.2% (29.5–37.0%))   
 Health care workers (n (% 95% CI)) 75 (11.7% (9.3–14.4%)) 23 (3.6% (2.3–5.4%))   
 Others (n (% 95% CI)) 133 (20.7% (17.6–24.1%)) 51 (8.1% (6.1–10.5%))   
 No information available (n (% 95% CI)) 40 (6.2% (4.5–8.4%)) 44 (7.0% (5.1–9.2%))   
Place of incident Chi2 (2 × 5 table) <0.0001
 Home (n (% 95% CI)) 409 (63.7% (59.9–67.4%)) 421 (66.5% (62.7–70.2%))   
 Nursing home (n (% 95% CI)) 49 (7.6% (5.7–10.0%)) 142 (22.4% (19.2–25.9%))   
 Public place (n (% 95% CI)) 144 (22.4% (19.3–25.9%)) 44 (7.0% (5.1–9.2%))   
 Other (n (% 95% CI)) 20 (3.1% (1.9–4.8%)) 11 (1.7% (0.9–3.1%))   
 No information available (n (% 95% CI)) 20 (3.1% (1.9–4.8%)) 15 (2.4% (1.3–3.9%))   
Prehospital physician informed of pre-existing illness Chi2 (2 × 7 table) <0.0001
 No known illness (n (% 95% CI)) 335 (52.2% (48.2–56.1%)) 291 (46.0% (42.0–49.9%))   
 Malignancy (n (% 95% CI)) 23 (3.6% (2.3–5.3%)) 79 (12.5% (10.0–15.3%))   
 Cardiac disease (n (% 95% CI)) 114 (17.8% (14.9–20.9%)) 60 (9.5% (7.3–12.0%))   
 Neurological disease (n (% 95% CI)) 31 (4.8% (3.3–6.8%)) 38 (6.0% (4.3–8.1%))   
 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (n (% 95% CI)) 50 (7.8% (5.8–10.1%)) 58 (9.1% (7.0–11.7%))   
 Substance abuse (n (% 95% CI)) 32 (5.0% (3.4–7.0%)) 20 (3.2% (1.9–4.8%))   
 Other (n (% 95% CI)) 57 (8.9% (6.8–11.4%)) 87 (13.7% (11.2–16.7%))