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Table 1 Background characteristics and positive blood culture among neonates with early and late onset neonatal sepsis

From: Predictors of positive blood culture and deaths among neonates with suspected neonatal sepsis in a tertiary hospital, Mwanza- Tanzania

Parameter Early onset sepsis ≤ 72 hrs Late onset sepsis > 72 hrs
  N Culture
positive
n(%)
P = Value N Culture positive
n(%)
P = Value
Sex       
   Female (161) 63 30 (47.6)   98 45 (45.9)  
   Male (139) 58 27 (46.6) 0.906 81 47 (58.0 0.107
Mode of delivery       
   C/S (75) 31 12 (38.7)   44 24 (55.8)  
   SVD (225) 90 45 (50.0) 0.277 135 68 (50.0) 0.313
Gestation age       
   28-32 (22) 10 7 (70.0)   12 8 (66.7)  
   33-36 (93) 34 14 (41.2)   59 34 (57.6)  
   34-41 (185) 77 36 (46.8) 0.274 108 50 (46.3) 0.206
Delivery place       
   Home (114) 38 15 (39.5)   76 30 (39.5)  
   Hospital (186) 83 42 (50.6) 0.255 103 62 (60.2) 0.006
Maternal fever       
   Yes (70) 31 17 (54.8)   39 26 (66.7)  
   No (230) 90 40 (44.4) 0.317 140 66 (47.1) 0.031
Meconium stain       
   Yes (91) 42 34 (81.0)   49 42 (85.7)  
   No (209) 79 23 (29.1) 0.0001 130 50 (38.5) 0.0001
PROM       
   Yes (89) 41 33 (80.5)   48 41 (85.4)  
   No (211) 80 24 (30.0) 0.0001 131 51 (38.9) 0.0001
Birth weight       
   1- 2.5 kg (97) 42 20 (47.6)   55 34 (61.8)  
   2.6 - 5 kg (203) 79 37 (46.8) 0.7 124 59 (46.8) 0.045