Table 3

Summary of the findings of the meta-analysis of Dushianthan et al 255 of the effects of n-3 fatty acid-rich formulas in patients with ARDS

OutcomeEffect95% CIP value
PaO2/FiO2 at day 4 (mean difference, mm Hg)38.8810.75 to 67.020.0068
PaO2/FiO2 at day 8 (mean difference, mm Hg)23.441.73 to 45.150.034
Ventilator days (mean difference, days)−2.24−3.77 to −0.710.0042
New organ failure (relative risk)0.450.32 to 0.63<0.00001
Length of intensive care unit stay (mean difference, days)−3.09−5.19 to −0.990.004
28-day mortality (relative risk)0.640.49 to 0.840.0015
All-cause mortality (relative risk)0.790.59 to 1.07Not given
  • ARDS, acute respiratory distress syndrome; FiO2, fractional inspired oxygen; PaO2, arterial oxygen tension (or pressure).