Early loss of heart rate complexity predicts mortality regardless of mechanism, anatomic location, or severity of injury in 2178 trauma patients.

@article{Riordan2009EarlyLO,
  title={Early loss of heart rate complexity predicts mortality regardless of mechanism, anatomic location, or severity of injury in 2178 trauma patients.},
  author={William P Riordan and Patrick R. Norris and Judith M Jenkins and John A Morris},
  journal={The Journal of surgical research},
  year={2009},
  volume={156 2},
  pages={283-9}
}
BACKGROUND Reduced heart rate (HR) complexity (e.g., a lack of randomness or unpatterned variability) is an established predictor of trauma patient mortality. However, this finding has not been validated across the diverse spectrum of traumatic injury, and underlying mechanisms of this relationship are poorly understood. MATERIALS AND METHODS Two thousand one hundred seventy-eight trauma patients were admitted directly to the intensive care unit (ICU), and had sufficient (>6h) continuous… CONTINUE READING