Table 5

Intensity of inpatient treatment by receipt of complementary treatment (CT) during the acute illness

CT users (n = 44)Non-CT users (n = 207)p Value
O2 (% requiring)2515
O2(hours received)33 (19 to 48)23 (11 to 55)0.69
IV fluids (% requiring)2729
IV fluid (hours received)22 (16 to 37)18 (10 to 37)0.45
Nebuliser (% requiring)1828
Nebuliser (number of treatments)25 (10 to 53)14 (9 to 23)0.29
IV antibiotic (% requiring)6653
IV antibiotic doses 8 (5 to 13) 8 (5 to 11)0.56
Length of stay in hours54 (25 to 81)44 (26 to 67)0.19
  • Where appropriate variables are expressed as median (interquartile range).

  • IV, intravenous.