Table 2

Maximum body temperature during ICU stay and 28-day mortality of patients with and without sepsis.

MAXICU

Patients with sepsis

(N = 606)

Patients without sepsis

(N = 819)


28-day

mortality

Unadjusted

odds ratio (95% CI)

28-day

mortality

Unadjusted

odds ratio (95% CI)


< 36.5°C

2/4

(50.0%)

3.08 (0.41, 23.1)

(P = 0.57)

0/2

(0%)

n.a.

36.5°C to 37.4°C

24/98

(24.5%)

1

(reference)

4/240

(1.7%)

1

(reference)

37.5°C to 38.4°C

40/237

(16.9%)

0.63 (0.35, 1.11)

(P = 0.14)

17/425

(4.0%)

2.46 (0.82, 7.40)

(P = 0.44)

38.5°C to 39.4°C

44/185

(23.8%)

0.96 (0.54, 1.70)

(P = 0.99)

10/125

(8.0%)

5.13 (1.58, 16.7)

(P = 0.007)

≥ 39.5°C

25/82

(30.5%)

1.35 (0.70, 2.61)

(P = 0.46)

5/27

(18.5%)

13.4 (3.35, 53.6)

(P < 0.001)


Unadjusted odds ratio was reported relative to a reference body temperature defined as category 36.5°C to 37.4°C.

CI, confidential interval; ICU, intensive care unit; MAXICU, maximum body temperature during an ICU stay; n.a., not applicable (no patients in this category)

Fever and Antipyretic in Critically ill patients Evaluation (FACE) Study Group et al. Critical Care 2012 16:R33   doi:10.1186/cc11211

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