Renal failure in the respiratory intensive care unit.

The development of renal failure during respiratory failure is of grave prognostic significance. In 686 patients with respiratory failure, 74 developed renal failure; these had a mortality of 80%. The leading predisposing factors are: 1) gastrointestinal bleeding with hypovolemic shock; 2) sepsis with shock; 3) drug induced nephrotoxicity; and 4… CONTINUE READING