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Point-of-Care Measurement of Blood Lactate in Children Admitted with Febrile Illness to an African District Hospital.

Mtove, G., Nadjm, B., Hendriksen, I. C. E., Amos, B., Muro, F., Todd, J. and Reyburn, H. (2011) Point-of-Care Measurement of Blood Lactate in Children Admitted with Febrile Illness to an African District Hospital. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 53 (6). pp. 548-54. ISSN 1537-6591

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Lactic acidosis is a consistent predictor of mortality owing to severe infectious disease, but its detection in low-income settings is limited to the clinical sign of "deep breathing" because of the lack of accessible technology for its measurement. We evaluated the use of a point-of-care (POC) diagnostic device for blood lactate measurement to assess the severity of illness in children admitted to a district hospital in Tanzania. Children between the ages of 2 months and 13 years with a history of fever were enrolled in the study during a period of 1 year. A full clinical history and examination were undertaken, and blood was collected for culture, microscopy, complete blood cell count, and POC measurement of blood lactate and glucose. The study included 3248 children, of whom 164 (5.0%) died; 45 (27.4%) of these had raised levels of blood lactate (>5 mmol/L) but no deep breathing. Compared with mortality in children with lactate levels of ≤ 3 mmol/L, the unadjusted odds of dying were 1.6 (95% confidence interval [CI].8-3.0), 3.4 (95% CI, 1.5-7.5), and 8.9 (95% CI, 4.7-16.8) in children with blood lactate levels of 3.1-5.0, 5.1-8.0, or >8.0 mmol/L, respectively. The prevalence of raised lactate levels (>5 mmol/L) was greater in children with malaria than in children with nonmalarial febrile illness (P < .001) although the associated mortality was greater in slide-negative children. POC lactate measurement can contribute to the assessment of children admitted to hospital with febrile illness and can also create an opportunity for more hospitals in resource-poor settings to participate in clinical trials of interventions to reduce mortality associated with hyperlactatemia.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Blood Lactate, Febrile Illness, Hospital, District hospitals, Africa
Subjects: Health Systems > Community Health
Health Systems > Surveillance, monitoring & evaluation
Divisions: National Institute for Medical Research
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2013 11:23
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2013 11:23

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