Journal article

The pursuit of a high central venous oxygen saturation in sepsis: growing concerns

Rinaldo Bellomo, Michael C Reade, Stephen J Warrillow

CRITICAL CARE | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

In this issue of Critical Care, Dutch investigators report that, in a cohort of patients with sepsis/septic shock admitted to three different intensive care units (ICUs), low central venous oxygen saturation (ScvO2) was uncommon at the time of ICU admission, and hospital mortality was <30%. Their findings, taken together with those of recent reports from Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), raise serious concerns about the utility of early goal directed therapy (EGDT) outside the context of the original trial. Despite inclusion of EGDT into the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines, in response to growing uncertainty, ANZ and US investigators will soon begin randomization of patients into two large multic..

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