Comparative analysis of survival between older and nonolder severe sepsis and septic shock resuscitated patients
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Published: 19 June 2013
Advanced age has been associated with increased mortality in severe sepsis and septic shock patients [1, 2]. However, the impact of early resuscitation following the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines in this population of patients is unclear. The objective of this study was to compare the in-hospital mortality between older (EP) and nonolder (N-EP) resuscitated patients according to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines.
A retrospective observational study. All patients with severe sepsis and septic shock admitted to the ICU between January 2006 and March 2012 were studied. Comparisons were performed between older (≥65 years) and nonolder patients (<65 years).
In this population of severe sepsis and septic shock patients, the early resuscitation of older patients was not associated with increased mortality. However, prospective studies addressing the long-term impact of the resuscitation maneuvers on outcomes are necessary.
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