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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN: 0972-5229
EISSN: 1998-359x
Vol. 9, No. 2, 2005, pp. 77-80
Bioline Code: cm05012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2005, pp. 77-80

 en To evaluate the impact of initial chest radiograph on final outcome of ventilated patients
Majumdar Indrajit, Sachdev Anil, Gupta Dhiren, K Chugh

Abstract

Mechanical ventilation is a life-saving therapy used in children in PICU. These critically ill children are usually extensively investigated in PICU. Chest radiograph is an irreplaceable investigation in these patients prior to ventilation.
AIM: We studied the impact of initial chest radiograph on the final outcome of ventilated children.
DESIGN: Retrospective.
SETTING: Tertiary care teaching hospital.
METHOD: One hundred and forty-one children were included in the study. Initial chest radiograph of all the ventilated children was evaluated and outcome of these children was correlated with the initial radiograph at admission.
RESULTS: Abnormal initial radiograph was recorded in 60% (n = 84) ventilated children. Overall mortality in ventilated children was 24% (n = 34). Ventilated children with abnormal initial radiograph had significantly greater mortality (28/84) than those with initial normal chest radiograph (6/57) (P < 0.05).
CONCLUSION: Initial chest radiograph at the beginning of ventilation may be useful to predict the outcome of these children

Keywords
Chest radiograph, Outcome, Mechanical ventilation, Pediatric intensive care unit

 
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