Fluid overload and fluid removal in pediatric patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation requiring continuous renal replacement therapy
Critical Care Medicine, 08/23/2012
Selewski DT et al. – The data demonstrate an association between fluid overload at continuous renal replacement therapy initiation and mortality in pediatric patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The degree of fluid overload at continuous renal replacement therapy discontinuation is also associated with mortality, but appears to reflect the effect of fluid overload at initiation. Furthermore, correction of fluid overload to ≤10% was not associated with improved survival. These results suggest that intervening prior to the development of significant fluid overload may be more clinically effective than attempting fluid removal after significant fluid overload has developed. The findings suggest a role for earlier initiation of continuous renal replacement therapy in this population.