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Table 2 Medical characteristics of patients on naso-gastric tube feeding

From: Adequacy of energy, zinc and selenium intakes among adult inpatients receiving total naso-gastric tube feeding admitted to a Copperbelt province Referral Hospital, in Ndola District, Zambia

Characteristic N = 113
 Provisional admission diagnosis n (%)
  Head injury 8 (7.1)
  Spinal cord injury 3 (2.6)
  Cardiac/CNS diseases 20 (17.7)
  Endocrine diseases 18 (15.9)
  Major surgery 9 (8.0)
  Sepsis 42 (37.2)
  Burns 2 (1.8)
  Renal diseases 11 (9.7)
 Total 113
 Glasgow coma scale mean ± SD 10.5 ± 4.8
 Glasgow coma scale categories
   < 5 26 (23.0)
  5 ≥ x < 11 21 (18.6)
  12 ≥ x < 15 20 (17.7)
  15 46 (40.7)
 Total 113
 Length of stay (LOS)
   < 3 days 24 (21.2)
  3–7 days 30 (26.5)
   > 7 days 59 (52.2)
 Total 113 (100.0)