Renal and respiratory failure in Scottish ICUs

Anaesthesia. 2001 Feb;56(2):124-9. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2044.2001.01841.x.


The purpose of this study was to define the outcome of patients receiving both renal replacement therapy and mechanical ventilation in 16 Scottish intensive care units over a 2-year period. Patients were identified from the Scottish Intensive Care Society's database. Survivors developing end-stage renal failure were identified after examination of the Scottish Renal Registry's database. Mortality was 64.2% (392/612) for all patients receiving renal replacement therapy and mechanical ventilation. End-stage renal failure developed in 1.6% (3/188) of the survivors of acute renal failure and in 33% (4/11) of the survivors with pre-existing chronic renal failure. Mortality has not improved when compared with earlier studies. End-stage renal failure rarely develops following acute renal failure in the intensive care unit.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acute Kidney Injury / epidemiology*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Registries
  • Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / epidemiology*
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Survival Rate