Document Detail

Evaluation of initial base deficit as a prognosticator of outcome in the pediatric trauma population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15098786     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the utility of the base deficit as an indicator of hypoperfusion and physiologic derangement in adults is well established, its value in the assessment of children is not as clear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate this tool with regard to injury severity, infectious morbidity, and outcome in a pediatric trauma population. A retrospective review of a 6-year period of the database of our level 1 pediatric trauma center was performed. One hundred seventeen severely injured children requiring mechanical ventilation were identified. Initial base deficit, Injury Severity Score, time to correction of this abnormality, ventilator days, infectious morbidity, and mortality were obtained and compared. Of the 117 patients included in this study, 30 patients were identified with an initial BD of less than or equal to -8 mEq/L and were placed into group 1. Group 2 consisted of the remaining 87 patients who presented with a base deficit (BD) of greater than -8 mEq/L. An admission base deficit of -8 mEq/L or less corresponded to a probability of mortality of 23 per cent as opposed to only 6 per cent with a BD greater than -8. Patients in group 1 remained on mechanical ventilation 9.4 +/- 8.1 days, whereas patients in group 2 remained ventilated 6.5 +/- 6.4 days; an increase of nearly 145 per cent. Likewise, the number of infectious complications rose 26 per cent with a worsening initial base deficit from 17 per cent of group 2 patients to 43 per cent of group 1 patients. We conclude that a high initial base deficit in injured children predicts a higher incidence of infectious complications and a less favorable outcome. This readily available laboratory study can identify those children most at risk of potentially preventable complications.
D L Peterson; M A Schinco; A J Kerwin; M M Griffen; P Pieper; J J Tepas
Related Documents :
15512596 - A review of the treatment failures following cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade i...
18556986 - Clinical results using bioabsorbable staple line reinforcement for circular staplers.
9787306 - Influence of a specialised leg ulcer service and venous surgery on the outcome of venou...
6827686 - Recent distribution and treatment of filarial chyluria in japan.
22670076 - Contemplation of the surgical normogram of lateral rectus recession for exotropia assoc...
15644466 - Methemoglobinemia secondary to topical benzocaine use in a lung transplant patient.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American surgeon     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0003-1348     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Surg     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-21     Completed Date:  2004-05-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370522     Medline TA:  Am Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  326-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Cause of Death*
Child, Preschool
Combined Modality Therapy
Glasgow Coma Scale
Injury Severity Score*
Multiple Trauma / diagnosis,  mortality,  therapy
Predictive Value of Tests
Retrospective Studies
Risk Assessment
Sensitivity and Specificity
Sex Factors
Shock, Traumatic / diagnosis*,  mortality*,  therapy
Survival Analysis
Trauma Centers
Wounds and Injuries / diagnosis*,  mortality*,  therapy

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Gunshot wounds: bullet caliber is increasing, 1998-2003.
Next Document:  Geriatric all-terrain vehicle trauma.