Open management of the septic abdomen: therapeutic and prognostic considerations based on APACHE II.

@article{Ivatury1989OpenMO,
  title={Open management of the septic abdomen: therapeutic and prognostic considerations based on APACHE II.},
  author={Rao R. Ivatury and M N Nallathambi and P. V. S. R. Mohana Rao and Mary Rohman and Werner Stahl},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={1989},
  volume={17 6},
  pages={511-7}
}
We analyzed the results of open treatment in 30 patients with abdominal sepsis (11 patients after trauma [group 1], five patients with pancreatic abscess [group 2], and 14 patients with acute GI pathology [group 3]) uncontrolled by conventional methods as evidenced by continuing fever with leukocytosis and worsening organ functions. APACHE scores at the time of initial laparotomy and at the time of open management, respectively, were: group 1, 19.8 and 16.6; group 2, 8.4 and 12.4; and group 3… CONTINUE READING