Journal article

Predictors of mortality and multiple organ failure in children with sepsis

TD Duke, W Butt, M South

Intensive Care Medicine | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1997


OBJECTIVES: To assess the markers of perfusion which best discriminate survivors from non-survivors of childhood sepsis and to compare the information derived from gastric tonometry with conventionally measured haemodynamic and laboratory parameters. DESIGN: Prospective clinical study of children with sepsis syndrome or septic shock. SETTING: Paediatric intensive care unit in a tertiary referral centre. PATIENTS: 31 children with sepsis syndrome or septic shock. INTERVENTIONS: A tonometer was passed into the stomach via the orogastric route. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: The following data were recorded at admission, 12, 24 and 48 h: heart rate, mean arterial pressure, arterial pH, base def..

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