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Outcome of mechanically ventilated patients with predominantly cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases: results of the German Arbeitsgemeinschaft Leitender Kardiologischer Krankenhausärzte multicenter BEAT Registry
© BioMed Central Ltd. 2004
- Published: 15 March 2004
- Mechanical Ventilation
- Cardiac Death
- Airway Pressure
- Organ Dysfunction
- Sudden Cardiac Death
Little is known about the outcome in mechanically ventilated patients with predominantly cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. The multicenter BEAT Registry assessed the outcome of all mechanically ventilated patients treated in 45 German coronary intensive care units (CICU) (33 community and 12 university hospitals).
All mechanically ventilated patients admitted to the participating CICUs and all patients intubated and ventilated during the CICU were included in the registry between September 2001 and June 2002. Causes for mechanical ventilation (MV), clinical course and hospital mortality (HM) were assessed for all patients. Noninvasive ventilated patients were excluded.
Admission severity of illness was not assessed as well as organ dysfunction during the CICU stay and causes of death.
Mortality is high in mechanically ventilated patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. The BEAT registry provides important data for benchmarking and is a first step towards quality improvement in this subset of critically ill patients with high mortality and morbidity.