Table 4

Changes in laboratory measurements for admissions with severe sepsis during the first 24 hours following admission to critical care, 1996 to 2004

Lowest serum sodium (mmoll-1)

Lowest serum potassium (mmoll-1)

Highest serum creatinine (μmoll-1)

Highest serum urea (mmoll-1)

Lowest serum albumin (gl-1)

Highest serum glucose (mmoll-1)

Lowest haemoglobina (gdl-1)


1996

136 (132–139)

3.7 (3.3–4.1)

121 (84–203)

10.2 (6.3–16.9)

23 (18–29)

9.0 (7.0–12.0)

10.2 (8.8–11.6)

1997

136 (132–139)

3.7 (3.3–4.1)

119 (83–203)

10.1 (6.3–17.1)

22 (17–28)

9.0 (7.0–12.0)

10.0 (8.8–11.5)

1998

136 (133–139)

3.7 (3.3–4.1)

118 (82–197)

9.9 (6.0–16.8)

21 (16–27)

8.9 (7.0–11.9)

10.0 (8.7–11.4)

1999

136 (133–139)

3.7 (3.3–4.1)

115 (80–191)

9.9 (6.0–16.7)

19 (15–25)

8.9 (7.0–11.9)

9.9 (8.6–11.3)

2000

136 (133–140)

3.7 (3.4–4.1)

116 (81–197)

10.0 (6.1–17.1)

19 (14–25)

8.8 (7.0–11.5)

9.7 (8.5–11.1)

2001

137 (133–140)

3.8 (3.4–4.2)

116 (79–195)

10.0 (6.1–16.8)

19 (14–25)

8.6 (6.9–11.3)

9.8 (8.5–11.3)

2002

137 (133–140)

3.8 (3.4–4.2)

113 (80–189)

10.0 (6.0–16.8)

19 (14–25)

8.6 (6.9–11.2)

9.6 (8.3–11.1)

2003

137 (133–140)

3.8 (3.4–4.2)

114 (79–194)

10.0 (6.0–16.8)

19 (14–25)

8.5 (6.8–11.0)

9.5 (8.3–11.0)

2004

137 (133–140)

3.8 (3.4–4.2)

116 (79–194)

9.8 (5.9–16.5)

19 (14–25)

8.5 (6.8–10.8)

9.6 (8.3–11.1)


Totalb

136 (133–140)

3.8 (3.4–4.2)

116 (80–194)

10.0 (6.1–16.8)

20 (15–25)

8.7 (6.9–11.4)

9.7 (8.5–11.2)


Values are median (interquartile range) of the most extreme physiological measurement from the first 24 hours following admission to critical care. aOne-third of haematocrit used as substitute for haemoglobin in admissions with no haemoglobin recorded. bTotal includes 55 admissions from 1995 and 78 admissions from 2005.

Harrison et al. Critical Care 2006 10:R42   doi:10.1186/cc4854

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