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Table 2 Description of preoperative clinical characteristics: BMI = Body mass index (kg/m2); COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; DM = diabetes mellitus; PAD = peripheral arterial disease; Log ES = log Euro score

From: Prevention of sternal dehiscence with the Sternum External Fixation (Stern-E-Fix) corset – a randomized trial in 750 patients

Risk Factors A. Stern-E-Fix corset N = 380 B. Elastic Bandage N = 370 P-value
Mean Age (years) 63.9 (± 10.9) 65.9 (±10.6) 0.518
BMI > 30 72.5% 74.2% 0.621
COPD 60.5% 59.6% 0.766
DM (I + II) 48.5% 45.8% 0.465
PAD 40% 38.3% 0.654
Renal Failure 9.5% 14.9% 0.026
Mean log Euro score 4.96% (± 4.3) 3,89% (± 4.9) 0.581