Prevalence of low-normal body temperatures and use of active warming in emergency department patients presenting with severe infection
Oliver T Gouldthorpe, David Pilcher, Rinaldo Bellomo, Andrew A Udy
CRITICAL CARE AND RESUSCITATION | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2019
OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence of low-normal body temperatures in emergency department (ED) patients presenting with severe infection, and to determine whether active warming is used in this setting. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: We performed a singlecentre retrospective cohort study in ED patients with community-acquired infection who required admission to the intensive care unit (ICU). Temperatures recorded from presentation up until 24 hours in the ICU were extracted from the patients' clinical records. Body temperatures were then classified as low (≤ 36.4°C), normothermic (36.5-37.9°C) or fever ≥ 38°C. RESULTS: Over the study period, 574 patients were admitted to the ICU with ..View full abstract
Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
Andrew Udy gratefully acknowledges salary support from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (Early Career Fellowship; GNT1124532).