Procalcitonin as a marker of bacterial infection in the emergency department: an observational study

@article{Chan2004ProcalcitoninAA,
  title={Procalcitonin as a marker of bacterial infection in the emergency department: an observational study},
  author={Y S Chan and C P Tseng and Pei-Kuei Tsay and Shy-Shin Chang and T F Chiu and J C Chen},
  journal={Critical Care},
  year={2004},
  volume={8},
  pages={R12 - R20}
}
INTRODUCTION Procalcitonin (PCT) has been proposed as a marker of infection in critically ill patients; its level is related to the severity of infection. We evaluated the value of PCT as a marker of bacterial infection for emergency department patients. METHODS This prospective observational study consecutively enrolled 120 adult atraumatic patients admitted through the emergency department of a 3000-bed tertiary university hospital in May 2001. Fifty-eight patients were infected and 49… CONTINUE READING
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