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How high must lactate be to predict an adverse outcome?
© Blaser and Starkopf 2011
- Published: 1 March 2011
- Public Health
- Emergency Medicine
- Linear Correlation
- Adverse Outcome
We aimed to clarify the associations between lactate levels and ICU mortality and their changes over 6 years in one ICU.
All patients admitted to the general ICU of university hospital from 2005 to 2010 were studied. Highest lactate on admission day in the ICU was documented.
There is a linear correlation between blood lactate levels and ICU mortality. A considerable amount of patients with very high lactate levels survive the ICU. There is no certain lactate level that may reliably predict an adverse outcome.
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