Table 1

Patient characteristics in the PF* and non-PF* groups formed according to information from the medical charts

PF* last 24 h of life
(N=120)
No PF* last 24 h of life
(N=131)
Statistical differences between groupsPF* last 7 days† of life
(N=193)
No PF* last 7 days† of life
(N=58)
Statistical differences between groups
Median (IQR)Median (IQR)Median (IQR)Median (IQR)
Age (years)80 (14.5)80 (14)NS80 (14)80 (15)NS
Length of stay (days)7 (14)10 (15)0.0027 (11)17.5 (27)<0.001
N (%)N (%)N (%)N (%)
Sex
 Women62 (52)64 (49)NS98 (51)28 (48)NS
 Men58 (48)67 (51)NS95 (49)30 (52)NS
Diagnosis
 Heart disease20 (17)21 (16)NS31 (16)10 (17)NS
 Lung disease6 (5)10 (8)NS11 (6)5 (9)NS
 Cancer52 (43)47 (36)NS76 (39)23 (40)NS
 Miscellaneous42 (35)53 (40)NS75 (39)20 (34)NS
Treatment-limiting decision‡108 (90)125 (95)NS177 (92)56 (97)NS
Died in an ICU§15 (12.5)0 (0)<0.00115 (8)0 (0)<0.001
  • *PF, parenteral fluids, which include clear liquids, nutrition solutions, drug infusions and blood products.

  • †168 h.

  • ‡A treatment-limiting decision saying ‘no cardiopulmonary resuscitation’, ‘no invasive respiration therapy’ and/or ‘strict palliative care’ were documented by a physician.

  • §ICU, intensive care unit, including intermediate intensive care.