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, 167 (9), 1210-4

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome After Bacteremic Sepsis Does Not Increase Mortality


Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome After Bacteremic Sepsis Does Not Increase Mortality

Philippe Eggimann et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med.


To determine whether acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) complicating bacteremic sepsis independently affects mortality in critically ill patients, we conducted a 3-year retrospective cohort study in a surgical intensive care unit. We included all consecutive patients with blood culture-positive sepsis and measured organ dysfunctions and mortality. Among 4,530 admissions, 196 cases of bacteremic sepsis were recorded. ARDS occurred in 31 (16%) of these patients. The case fatality rate was 58% in patients with ARDS compared with 31% in patients without ARDS. Using Cox proportional hazards regression with time-dependent variables, the unadjusted hazard ratio for death was 1.8 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.0-3.2). After adjusting for comorbid factors that were present before the onset of sepsis, the hazard ratio was 2.2 (95% CI, 1.2-3.9). After further adjustment was made for nonpulmonary organ dysfunctions and microbiologic factors that were independently associated with mortality, the adjusted hazard ratio for ARDS was 0.6 (95% CI, 0.3-1.2). Among critically ill surgical patients, ARDS complicating bacteremic sepsis remains common, but it is not independently associated with short-term mortality, after adjusting for severity of illness and nonpulmonary organ dysfunctions evolving after the onset of sepsis.

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