A brief episode of hypotension increases mortality in critically ill trauma patients.

@article{Zenati2002ABE,
  title={A brief episode of hypotension increases mortality in critically ill trauma patients.},
  author={Mazen S. Zenati and Timothy R Billiar and Ricard N. Townsend and Andrew B. Peitzman and Brian G. Harbrecht},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={2002},
  volume={53 2},
  pages={
          232-6; discussion 236-7
        }
}
OBJECTIVE Hypotension is associated with increased mortality, however previous studies have failed to account for the depth and duration of hypotension. We evaluated the effect of the duration of hypotension on outcome in injured patients. METHODS Trauma patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) from 1999 to 2000 were prospectively evaluated. Patients transferred to a ward </= 48 hours after admission were excluded. The lowest systolic blood pressure and duration of all episodes of… CONTINUE READING

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