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Success of applying early goal-directed therapy for septic shock patients in the emergency department

Authors Worapratya P, Wanjaroenchaisuk A, Joraluck J, Wuthisuthimethawee P

Received 6 April 2015

Accepted for publication 3 July 2015

Published 14 January 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 1—6


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Hans-Christoph Pape

Panita Worapratya,1 Apisit Wanjaroenchaisuk,2 Jutharat Joraluck,3 Prasit Wuthisuthimethawee1

1Department of Emergency Medicine, Songklanagarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, 2Emergency Department, Samitivej Thonburi Hospital, Bangkok, 3Emergency Department, Hatyai Hospital, Hatyai, Songkhla, Thailand

Since early goal-directed therapy (EGDT) became standard care in severe sepsis and septic shock patients in intensive care units many years ago, we suppose that the survival rate of severe sepsis and septic shock patients improves if the resuscitative procedure is quickly implemented and is initiated in the emergency room.
Objective: We aimed at recording emergency department time to improve our patient care system as well as determine the rate at which EGDT goals can be achieved. The second analysis is to find out how much we can improve the survival rate.
Methods: This was a prospective observational study in an emergency room setting at a tertiary care facility where EGDT was applied for resuscitation of severe sepsis and septic shock patients. The data recorded were the initial vital signs, APACHE II (Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II) score, SAP II (Simplified Acute Physiology II) score, SOFA (Sequential Organ Failure Assessment) score, time at which EGDT goals were achieved (central venous oxygen saturation [Scvo2] >70%), initial and final diagnosis, and outcome of treatment. The t-test and Mann–Whitney U-test were used to compare between the achieved goal and nonachieved goal groups.
Results: There were 63 cases of severe sepsis in the study period. Only 55 patients submitted a signed consent form and had central line insertion. Twenty-eight (50.9%) cases were male. Thirty-nine (70.9%) patients achieved the goal, and the mean SAP II score was 8. There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups (P-value =0.097). Thirty of the 39 patients (70.9%) survived in the achieved goal group, which was a statistically significant improvement of the survival rate when compared with only one of 16 patients (6.3%) surviving in the nonachieved goal group (P<0.001).

sepsis, septic shock, early goal-directed therapy, emergency room

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