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Volume 17 Supplement 4

Sepsis 2013

Elapsed time between ICU request and actual admission of patients with SIRS/sepsis leads to an increase in mortality or length of stay in this unit?

Background

Measures to ensure an appropriate early treatment for critically ill patients result in significant decreases in mortality [1, 2]. This study aims to evaluate the impact of the elapsed time between ICU request and actual admission of patients with SIRS/sepsis on ICU mortality and length of stay.

Materials and methods

Retrospective cohort study conducted in the ICU of Hospital Santa Luzia, Brasilia, DF, during 3 months. Patients being consecutively admitted to the ICU with diagnostic of SIRS/sepsis were divided into two groups: those with elapsed time between ICU request and admission less than 6 hours (short waiting period group (SWP)) or over 6 hours (long waiting period group (LWP)).

Results

A total of 70 patients were enrolled (46% of admissions), 14 patients with SIRS, 27 with sepsis, 13 with severe sepsis and 17 with septic shock. For the entire cohort, the mean age was 61 ± 22 years, APACHE II was 12 ± 7.7, ICU length of stay was 15 ± 22.8 days, and 39 were male (54,9%). Thirty-five patients belonged to the LWP (50%). LWP patients had higher mortality (50% vs. 19.6%, P = 0.04), and longer ICU length of stay (13.6 ± 18.5 vs. 23.5 ± 40.7 days, P = 0.04). Relative risk for death in the LWP was 2.83 (95% CI: 1.28 to 6.28).

Conclusions

The elapsed time between ICU request and actual admission of patients with SIRS/sepsis over 6 hours resulted in increased ICU mortality and ICU length of stay for this group of patients.

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Correspondence to Edmilson Bastos de Moura.

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de Moura, E.B., Amorim, F.F., Santana, A.R. et al. Elapsed time between ICU request and actual admission of patients with SIRS/sepsis leads to an increase in mortality or length of stay in this unit?. Crit Care 17, P56 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/cc12956

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Keywords

  • Relative Risk
  • High Mortality
  • Septic Shock
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Early Treatment