Predictive value of serum albumin levels on noradrenaline and fluid requirements in the first 24 h after admission to the Intensive Care Unit — A prospective observational study

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Purpose:To determine the predictive value of serum albumin (SA) at admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) on the cumulative dose of noradrenaline, the fluids administered, the lactate level, and mortality during the first 24 h of ICU admission.Methods:A total of 100 ICU patients were included. The association between SA and the cumulative dose of noradrenaline was analyzed using logistic regression. For the total amount of fluids administered linear regression, for the lactate level and for 24 h mortality logistic regression was used. Age, gender, patient category, type of surgery, severe sepsis, lactate level, estimated glomerular filtration rate, c-reactive protein level, and the target mean arterial pressure were considered effect modifiers.Results:SA was significantly associated with the dose of noradrenaline (OR 0.92, 95% CI 0.84–0.99, p = 0.028), lower lactate levels (OR 1.14, 95% CI 1.00–1.30, p = 0.049), and with the amount of fluids administered (B -0.02, 95% CI −0.03/−0.00, p = 0.016), but not with mortality (OR 0.95, 95% CI 0.85–1.07, p = 0.41).Conclusions:SA significantly predicts noradrenaline and fluid requirements as well as the change in lactate level during the first 24 h of ICU admission. Our observations have to be validated in another large cohort.HighlightsAdmission albumin and the amount of noradrenaline required are associatedAdmission albumin and the total amounts of fluids are associatedEvery gram of increase in albumin is associated with a decreased arterial lactate level after 24 hoursThe association of admission albumin with 24h mortality needs further studies

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