Hypernatremia in the critically ill is an independent risk factor for mortality.

  title={Hypernatremia in the critically ill is an independent risk factor for mortality.},
  author={Gregor Lindner and G. Funk and Christoph Schwarz and Nikolaus Kneidinger and Alexandra Kaider and Bruno Schneeweiss and Ludwig Kramer and Wilfred Druml},
  journal={American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation},
  volume={50 6},
BACKGROUND Hypernatremia is common in the intensive care unit (ICU). We assessed the prevalence of hypernatremia and its impact on mortality and ICU length of stay (LOS). STUDY DESIGN Retrospective analysis. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS All patients admitted to a medical ICU of a university hospital during a 35-month observation period. PREDICTOR Hypernatremia (serum sodium > 149 mmol/L) after admission to the ICU. OUTCOMES & MEASUREMENTS Main outcomes were 28-day hospital mortality and ICU… CONTINUE READING

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