Table 3

Differences in feeding complications between early and late feeding groups categorized by illness severity
Feeding complications APACHE II <20 APACHE II ≥20
(n = 47) (n = 61)
Early Late Early Late
(n = 14) (n = 33) (n = 26) (n = 35)
Diarrhea (%, n) 14.3 (2/14) 24.2 (8/33) 42.3 (11/26) 11.4 (4/35)**
GI bleeding (%, n) 7.7 (1/13) 18.2 (6/33) 30.8 (8/26) 5.7 (2/35)**
Vomiting (%, n) 7.1 (1/14) 3.0 (1/33) 11.5 (3/26) 8.8 (3/34)
Gastric retention (%, n) 0 (0/14) 0 (0/33) 3.8 (1/26) 5.7 (2/35)

APACHE, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation; GI, gastrointestinal. Data are expressed as percentage and number of patients in parentheses. Mann–Whitney U-test for differences between early and late feeding groups categorized by APACHE II <20 and APACHE II ≥20. Double asterisks (**) indicate p < 0.01.

Huang et al.

Huang et al. Nutrition Journal 2012 11:30   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-30

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