Critically ill infants and children with influenza A (H1N1) in pediatric intensive care units in Argentina

Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Pediátricos, Hospital de Niños R Gutiérrez, Gallo 1330, CABA 1425, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Intensive Care Medicine (Impact Factor: 7.21). 03/2010; 36(6):1015-22. DOI: 10.1007/s00134-010-1853-1
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To determine the epidemiological features, course, and outcomes of critically ill pediatric patients with Influenza A (H1N1) virus.
Prospective cohort of children in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) due to Influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.
Seventeen medical-surgical PICUs in tertiary care hospital in Argentina.
All consecutive patients admitted to the PICUs with influenza A (H1N1) viral infection from 15 June to 31 July 2009.
Of 437 patients with acute lower respiratory infection in PICUs, 147 (34%) were diagnosed with influenza A (H1N1) related to critical illness. The median age of these patients was 10 months (IQR 3-59). Invasive mechanical ventilation was used in 117 (84%) on admission. The rate of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) was 80% (118 of 147 patients). Initial non-invasive ventilation failed in 19 of 22 attempts (86%). Mortality at 28 days was 39% (n = 57). Chronic complex conditions (CCCs), acute renal dysfunction (ARD) and ratio PaO(2)/FiO(2) at day 3 on MV were independently associated with a higher risk of mortality. The odds ratio (OR) for CCCs was 3.06, (CI 95% 1.36-6.84); OR for ARD, 3.38, (CI 95% 1.45-10.33); OR for PaO(2)/FiO(2), 4 (CI 95% 1.57-9.59). The administration of oseltamivir within 24 h after admission had a protective effect: OR 0.2 (CI 95% 0.07-0.54).
In children with ARDS, H1N1 as an etiologic agent confers high mortality, and the presence of CCCs in such patients increases the risk of death.

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