Table 1

 Blood cultured cases by C reactive protein (CRP) measurement

CRP present (n = 6234)CRP missing (n = 948)p Valuet Statistic
Age/years64.565.50.15−1.4
Duration of stay/days8.897.950.0122.5
Haemoglobin (g/l)1271260.131.5
Lymphocytes (×109/l)1.271.260.890.1
Neutrophils (×109/l)9.139.460.11−1.6
Platelets (×109/l)2792840.25−1.1
Died as inpatient0.09930.11710.11−1.6