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A Positive Fluid Balance is an Independent Prognostic Factor in Patients with Sepsis

A Positive Fluid Balance is an Independent Prognostic Factor in Patients with Sepsis

Intravenous fluid administration is an essential component of sepsis management, but a positive fluid balance has been associated with worse prognosis. We analyzed whether a positive fluid balance and its persistence over time was an independent prognostic factor in septic patients. We prospectively studied fluid intake and output for 7 days in 173 consecutive adult patients treated for sepsis in our Department of Intensive Care. Of the 173 patients, 59 died (34 %). Mean daily fluid intake was higher in non-survivors than in survivors (59 ± 24 ml/kg vs. 48 ± 23 ml/kg, p = 0.03), but output volumes were similar. Persistence of a positive daily fluid balance over time was quite strongly associated with a higher mortality rate in septic patients.

CriticalCare.news
May 9, 2019

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