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Table 4 Outcomes of combined abrupt versus gradual NCPAP wean groups (data from randomisation; n (%) or median (IQR) unless specified)

From: Randomised controlled trial of weaning strategies for preterm infants on nasal continuous positive airway pressure

  Abrupt NCPAP wean Gradual NCPAP wean p-value
n = 30 n = 30
CLD at 36 weeks 7 (23 %) 9 (30 %) 0.6
Days respiratory support 24 (13, 34) 28 (17, 34) 0.4
Days hospital stay 52 (41, 63) 61 (48, 69) 0.1
Days to full suck feeds 46.5 (35, 58) 54.5 (41, 65) 0.2
Days NCPAP 11 (1, 26) 17 (10, 29) 0.02
Gestational age off NCPAP 33.1 (31.0, 34.6) 34.6 (31.8, 36.1) 0.05
Days HFNC from start of treatment 15 (7, 24) 30 (20, 34) 0.003
Days pressure support 22 (9, 28) 28 (17, 34) 0.04
Gestational age off pressure support 33.9 (32.6, 35.4) 34.9 (32.7, 36.7) 0.2
Gestational age off respiratory support 34.4 (33.1, 35.9) 34.9 (32.7, 36.7) 0.7
Gestational age at full suck feeds 37.1 (36.4, 39.1) 38.7 (36.8, 39.9) 0.1
Gestational age at discharge 37.8 (37.1, 39.4) 38.7 (37.4, 41.0) 0.2