, Volume 33, Issue 9, pp 1563-1570
Date: 27 Jun 2007

Continuous renal replacement therapy: A worldwide practice survey

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Abstract

Objective

Little information is available regarding current practice in continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) for the treatment of acute renal failure (ARF) and the possible clinical effect of practice variation.

Design

Prospective observational study.

Setting

A total of 54 intensive care units (ICUs) in 23 countries.

Patients and participants

A cohort of 1006 ICU patients treated with CRRT for ARF.

Interventions

Collection of demographic, clinical and outcome data.

Measurements and results

All patients except one were treated with venovenous circuits, most commonly as venovenous hemofiltration (52.8%). Approximately one-third received CRRT without anticoagulation (33.1%). Among patients who received anticoagulation, unfractionated heparin (UFH) was the most common choice (42.9%), followed by sodium citrate (9.9%), nafamostat mesilate (6.1%), and low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH; 4.4%). Hypotension related to CRRT occurred in 19% of patients and arrhythmias in 4.3%. Bleeding complications occurred in 3.3% of patients. Treatment with LMWH was associated with a higher incidence of bleeding complications (11.4%) compared to UFH (2.3%, p = 0.0083) and citrate (2.0%, p = 0.029). The median dose of CRRT was 20.4 ml/kg/h. Only 11.7% of patients received a dose of > 35 ml/kg/h. Most (85.5%) survivors recovered to dialysis independence at hospital discharge. Hospital mortality was 63.8%. Multivariable analysis showed that no CRRT-related variables (mode, filter material, drug for anticoagulation, and prescribed dose) predicted hospital mortality.

Conclusions

This study supports the notion that, worldwide, CRRT practice is quite variable and not aligned with best evidence.

This article is discussed in the editorial available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00134-007-0755-3.
This study was supported by the Austin Hospital Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Trust Fund.