Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Eosinopenia as a predictor of sepsis

Good test characteristics for patients newly admitted to the ICU were demonstrated in this study from Critical Care. (I like to add a manual differential on such patients. That gives you a band count. The combined information may be a more powerful predictor---not evidence based that I’m aware but it makes sense). Think of it as a quick and dirty substitute for the much more expensive and less readily available procalcitonin assay.

Via Medscape.

1 comment:

PharmacistMike said...

It would be nice to have an effective biomarker to differentiate Sepsis (SIRS + infection) from SIRS. Let hope that more develops from this relatively small study.