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Introduction: The 2009 pandemic 2009 H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza A virus shows a markedly different disease pattern than seasonal strains, causing critical illness in relatively young, female, pregnant individuals as well as in comorbid patients. Materials and methods: The Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy of Semmelweis University served as a regional influenza center for the adult critically ill during the winter of pH1N1 outbreak. We analyzed data collected from 26 suspected pH1N1 critically ill patients treated in our unit during this period. Results: Sixteen cases were confirmed as pH1N1 infection with RT-PCR, while the other 10 patients with influenza like illness showed tendency to a different age and comorbidity, as well as outcome characteristics, suggesting a different pathogenesis. Confirmed pH1N1 patients showed a mean age of 50.5 years (median: 44; range: 20–85), with female predominancy (69%). Comorbidity was present in 69% of cases (chronic heart conditions, chronic pulmonary disease, previous history of malignancy present in 31; 25 and 19%, respectively). Twenty-five percent of the patients were pregnant women. Nineteen percent of the cases received previous pH1N1 vaccination. But two patients were later readmitted for worsening chronic conditions that led to death, which resulted in a total mortality rate of 31%. Mean APACHE II and SOFA scores on admittance were 12.2 and 5.3, respectively. Average length of treatment was 11.5 days (median: 6.5; range 2–50 days). All patients received ventilatory assistance, 69% of patients received invasive, while 31% of patients received non-invasive ventilatory assistance. The average number of days of invasive ventilation was 10.5 days (median: 5.5; range: 2–45). Forty-five percent of ventilated patients required rescue ARDS therapy. Complications included hemodynamic instability (56%); acute renal failure (13%) and pneumothorax (13%). Superinfection with other microbes were observed in 56% of the patients. Conclusions: In our study, pH1N1 infected critically ill patients had a wide age range, but were more commonly female, pregnant, or had a previously described underlying disease. Mortality, length of treatment, need for invasive mechanical ventilation, length of mechanical ventilation, major complication rates were similar to those previously described. A previously not reported relatively high occurrence of pneumothorax was noted, which is possibly a long-term complication of severe viral pneumonitis.

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Physiology International
Authors: E. Kovács, D. Pilecky, Z. Szakál-Tóth, A. Fekete-Győr, V.A. Gyarmathy, L. Gellér, B. Hauser, J. Gál, B. Merkely, and E. Zima



We investigated the effect of age on post-cardiac arrest treatment outcomes in an elderly population, based on a local database and a systemic review of the literature.


Data were collected retrospectively from medical charts and reports. Sixty-one comatose patients, cooled to 32–34 °C for 24 h, were categorized into three groups: younger group (≤65 years), older group (66–75 years), and very old group (>75 years). Circumstances of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), patients' characteristics, post-resuscitation treatment, hemodynamic monitoring, neurologic outcome and survival were compared across age groups. Kruskal-Wallis test, Chi-square test and binary logistic regression (BLR) were applied. In addition, a literature search of PubMed/Medline database was performed to provide a background.


Age was significantly associated with having a cardiac arrest on a monitor and a history of hypertension. No association was found between age and survival or neurologic outcome. Age did not affect hemodynamic parameter changes during target temperature management (TTM), except mean arterial pressure (MAP). Need of catecholamine administration was the highest among very old patients. During the literature review, seven papers were identified. Most studies had a retrospective design and investigated interventions and outcome, but lacked unified age categorization. All studies reported worse survival in the elderly, although old survivors showed a favorable neurologic outcome in most of the cases.


There is no evidence to support the limitation of post-cardiac arrest therapy in the aging population. Furthermore, additional prospective studies are needed to investigate the characteristics and outcome of post-cardiac arrest therapy in this patient group.

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