Jan 22, 2002

Efficacy and outcome of intensive care in pediatric oncologic patients

Critical Care Medicine
R HeyingU Göbel


Because the long-term survival of children with cancer has dramatically improved because of multimodal treatment strategies, intensive care medicine has become more relevant for these patients. This study was performed to assess the efficacy of intensive care medicine in newly diagnosed pediatric oncologic patients and in patients under ongoing oncologic treatment. A retrospective analysis of children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of the University Hospital Duesseldorf for life-threatening conditions between 1995 and 1999 was performed to identify those patients with an oncologic condition. University hospital. A total of 123 patients were identified. Children admitted for uncomplicated postoperative care and children admitted after bone marrow transplantation were excluded from this analysis. Forty-eight patients could be divided into two groups. Group A contained children admitted to the PICU at the time of cancer diagnosis and group B children receiving ongoing oncologic treatment. The evaluation included diagnosis, risk factors, complications leading to PICU admission, PICU therapy, and outcome. Statistical analysis included evaluation of Pediatric Risk of Mortality (PRISM) and Therapeutic Interventio...Continue Reading

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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
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