Procalcitonin: a valuable indicator of infection in a medical ICU?

  title={Procalcitonin: a valuable indicator of infection in a medical ICU?},
  author={E. Suprin and Christophe Camus and Arnaud Gacouin and Yves le Tulzo and Sylvain Lavou{\'e} and Alain Feuillu and R{\'e}mi Thomas},
  journal={Intensive Care Medicine},
Objective: To assess the use of procalcitonin (PCT) for the diagnosis of infection in a medical ICU. Design: Prospective, observational study. Patients: Seventy-seven infected patients and 24 patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) due to other causes. Seventy-five patients could be classified into sepsis (n=24), severe sepsis (n=27) and septic shock (n=24), and 20 SIRS patients remained free from infection during the study. Plasma PCT and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels… CONTINUE READING