Hyperbilirubinemia: a risk factor for infection in the surgical intensive care unit.

  title={Hyperbilirubinemia: a risk factor for infection in the surgical intensive care unit.},
  author={Erin Field and Harriette Mathilda Horst and Ilan Rubinfeld and C Ashley Finlen Copeland and Usman Waheed and Jack Jordan and Aaron E Barry and Michelle Brandt},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  volume={195 3},
          304-6; discussion 306-7
BACKGROUND Hyperbilirubinemia in intensive care unit (ICU) patients is common. We hypothesized that hyperbilirubinemia in the surgical ICU predisposes patients to infection. METHODS Patients with bilirubin < or = 3 mg/dL were compared to patients with bilirubin > 3 mg/dL. We then compared the low bilirubin patients to high bilirubin patients who developed infection after their hyperbilirubinemia. RESULTS There were 1,620 infections in 5,712 patients with low bilirubin (28%), compared with… CONTINUE READING

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