The additional impact of development of acute lung injury on mortality in severely-injured trauma patients beyond baseline severity of illness has been questioned. We assessed the contribution of acute lung injury to in-hospital mortality in critically ill trauma patients.
Prospective cohort study. The contribution of acute lung injury to in-hospital mortality was evaluated in two ways. First, multivariable logistic regression models were used to test the independent association of acute lung injury with in-hospital mortality while adjusting for baseline confounding variables. Second, causal pathway models were used to estimate the amount of the overall association of baseline severity of illness with in-hospital mortality that is attributable to the interval development of acute lung injury.
Academic level 1 trauma center.
Two hundred eighty-three critically ill trauma patients without isolated head injury and with an Injury Severity Score > or = 16 were evaluated for development of acute lung injury in the first 5 days after trauma.
Of the 283 patients, 38 (13.4%) died. The unadjusted mortality rate was nearly three-fold greater in the acute lung injury group (23.9% vs. 8.4%; odds ratio = 3.36; 95% confidence interval 1.67-6.77; p = 0.001). Acute lung injury remained an independent risk factor for death after adjustment for age, baseline Acute Physiologic and Chronic Health Evaluation III score, Injury Severity Score, and blunt mechanism of injury (odds ratio = 2.87; 95% confidence interval 1.29-6.37; p = 0.010). Forty percent of the total association of the baseline Acute Physiologic and Chronic Health Evaluation III score with mortality occurred via an indirect association through acute lung injury, and the remaining 60% via a direct effect.
Development of acute lung injury in critically ill trauma patients without isolated head injury contributes independently to in-hospital mortality beyond baseline severity of illness measures. In addition, a significant portion of the association between baseline illness severity and risk of death in these patients might be explained by the interval development of acute lung injury.
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1A. This study was performed with approval of the University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board and was granted waiver of informed consent in accordance with federal and institutional guidelines given its minimal risk (use of residual blood after clinical laboratory use) and to maintain a cohort free of selection bias for critically ill trauma patients
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We used a gene – based replication strategy to test the reproducibility of prior acute lung injury (ALI) candidate gene associations.
We phenotyped 474 patients from a prospective severe trauma cohort study for ALI. Genomic DNA from subjects’ blood was genotyped using the IBC chip, a multiplex single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array. Results were filtered for 25 candidate genes selected using prespecified literature search criteria and present on the IBC platform. For each gene, we grouped SNPs according to haplotype blocks and tested the joint effect of all SNPs on susceptibility to ALI using the SNP-set kernel association test. Results were compared to single SNP analysis of the candidate SNPs. Analyses were separate for genetically determined ancestry (African or European).
We identified 4 genes in African ancestry and 2 in European ancestry trauma subjects which replicated their associations with ALI. Ours is the first replication of IL6, IL10, IRAK3, and VEGFA associations in non-European populations with ALI. Only one gene – VEGFA – demonstrated association with ALI in both ancestries, with distinct haplotype blocks in each ancestry driving the association. We also report the association between trauma-associated ALI and NFKBIA in European ancestry subjects.
Prior ALI genetic associations are reproducible and replicate in a trauma cohort. Kernel - based SNP-set analysis is a more powerful method to detect ALI association than single SNP analysis, and thus may be more useful for replication testing. Further, gene-based replication can extend candidate gene associations to diverse ethnicities.
BMC Medical Genetics 06/2012; 13(1):52. DOI:10.1186/1471-2350-13-52 · 2.08 Impact Factor
"On the basis of experimental studies [27-29], the use of continuous infusion of norepinephrine is suggested for sedated patients with hemorrhagic shock in order to avoid excess volume loading. This strategy, in association with frequent use of mechanical ventilation, may contribute to a decreased risk of ARDS  and in-hospital mortality . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Severe blunt trauma is a leading cause of premature death and handicap. However, the benefit for the patient of pre-hospital management by emergency physicians remains controversial because it may delay admission to hospital. This study aimed to compare the impact of medical pre-hospital management performed by SMUR (Service Mobile d'Urgences et de Réanimation) with non-medical pre-hospital management provided by fire brigades (non-SMUR) on 30-day mortality.
The FIRST (French Intensive care Recorded in Severe Trauma) study is a multicenter cohort study on consecutive patients with severe blunt trauma requiring admission to university hospital intensive care units within the first 72 hours. Initial clinical status, pre-hospital life-sustaining treatments and Injury Severity Scores (ISS) were recorded. The main endpoint was 30-day mortality.
Among 2,703 patients, 2,513 received medical pre-hospital management from SMUR, and 190 received basic pre-hospital management provided by fire brigades. SMUR patients presented a poorer initial clinical status and higher ISS and were admitted to hospital after a longer delay than non-SMUR patients. The crude 30-day mortality rate was comparable for SMUR and non-SMUR patients (17% and 15% respectively; P = 0.61). After adjustment for initial clinical status and ISS, SMUR care significantly reduced the risk of 30-day mortality (odds ratio (OR): 0.55, 95% CI: 0.32 to 0.94, P = 0.03). Further adjustments for the delay to hospital admission only marginally affected these results.
This study suggests that SMUR management is associated with a significant reduction in 30-day mortality. The role of careful medical assessment and intensive pre-hospital life-sustaining treatments needs to be assessed in further studies.
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