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Evid Based Nurs 5:53 doi:10.1136/ebn.5.2.53
  • Treatment

Intensive insulin treatment reduced mortality and morbidity in critically ill patients

Intensive v conventional insulin treatment in critically ill patients†

Outcomes at mean follow up of 23 days Intensive Conventional RRR (95% CI) NNT (CI)
†ICU = intensive care unit. Other abbreviations defined in glossary; RRR, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article.
All ICU deaths 5% 8% 43% (15 to 62) 29 (17 to 94)
All in hospital deaths 7% 1% 34% (9 to 52) 27 (15 to 122)
ICU stay >14 days 1% 6% 28% (7 to 44) 23 (13 to 108)
Ventilatory support >14 days 8% 2% 37% (14 to 54) 23 (14 to 67)
Renal failure requiring dialysis or haemofiltration 5% 8% 41% (13 to 60) 30 (17 to 112)
Bloodstream infection 4% 8% 46% (19 to 65) 28 (17 to 79)
Critical illness polyneuropathy 29% 52% 45% (28 to 59) 4 (3 to 8)

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