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Critical care research and practice 2012: 161879 (2012)

The impact of a pulmonary-artery-catheter-based protocol on fluid and catecholamine administration in early sepsis.

Carina Bethlehem , Frouwke M Groenwold , Hanneke Buter , W Peter Kingma , Michael A Kuiper , Fellery de Lange , Paul Elbers , Henk Groen , Eric N van Roon , E Christiaan Boerma
Objective. The pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) remains topic of debate. Despite abundant data, it is of note that many trials did not incorporate a treatment protocol. Methods. We retrospectively evaluated fluid balances and catecholamine doses in septic patients after the introduction of a PAC-based treatment protocol in comparison to historic controls. Results. 2 × 70 patients were included. The first day the PAC group had a significantly higher positive fluid balance in comparison to controls (6.1 ± 2.6 versus 3.8 ± 2.4 litre, P < 0.001). After 7 days the cumulative fluid balance in the PAC group was significantly lower than in controls (9.4 ± 7.4 versus 13 ± 7.6 litre, P = 0.001). Maximum dose of norepinephrine was significantly higher in the PAC group. Compared to controls this was associated with a significant reduction in ventilator and ICU days. Conclusions. Introduction of a PAC-based treatment protocol in sepsis changed the administration of fluid and vasopressors significantly.
DOI: 10.1155/2012/161879      ISSN: 2090-1305