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Table 3 Physical integrity of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), used at least once for sleeping and with complete data regarding holes

From: Evaluation of the durability of long‐lasting insecticidal nets in Guatemala

Characteristic 18 months
n = 222
24 months
n = 256
32 months
n = 214
Any holes (n, %) 131 (59) 181 (71) 162 (76)
Any holes repaired (n, %)a 30 (23) 42 (23) 71 (44)
 By stitches (n, %) 23 (77) 27 (64) 54 (76)
 By knots (n, %) 9 (30) 20 (48) 33 (46)
 By patches (n, %) 1 (3) 0 (0) 1 (1)
Median total number of holes [IQR] 2 [0, 7] 4 [0,15] 5.5 [1, 16]
Median total hole area (cm2) [IQR] 2.4 [0, 63.8] 8.4 [0, 271.5] 34.3 [1.2, 327.8]
Categorization based on total hole area (cm2)    
Serviceable conditionb (n, %) 208 (94) 225 (88) 180 (84)
 Good condition (n, %) 171 (77) 180 (70) 125 (58)
 Damaged condition (n, %) 37 (17) 45 (18) 55 (26)
 Too torn condition (n, %) 14 (6) 31 (12) 34 (16)
  1. IQR Interquartile boundary values (p25, p75)
  2. a This ‘n’ serves as the denominator for the type of repair categories
  3. bServiceable condition includes long-lasting insecticidal nets with good or damaged condition