Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 9, pp 1713–1717

Pediatric acute kidney injury in the ICU: an independent evaluation of pRIFLE criteria

Authors

    • Department of Pediatric Intensive CareVU University Medical Center
  • Angelique B. Bouma
    • Department of Pediatric Intensive CareVU University Medical Center
    • Pediatric NephrologyVU University Medical Center
  • Joanna A. E. van Wijk
    • Pediatric NephrologyVU University Medical Center
  • Martin C. J. Kneyber
    • Department of Pediatric Intensive CareVU University Medical Center
  • Arend Bökenkamp
    • Pediatric NephrologyVU University Medical Center
Pediatric Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00134-008-1176-7

Cite this article as:
Plötz, F.B., Bouma, A.B., van Wijk, J.A.E. et al. Intensive Care Med (2008) 34: 1713. doi:10.1007/s00134-008-1176-7

Abstract

Objective

The present study was undertaken to evaluate the practicability of the proposed pediatric RIFLE (pRIFLE) criteria in a patient population at risk for acute kidney injury (AKI) and to analyze the prevalence and association of AKI as defined by pRIFLE with mortality.

Design

Retrospective, descriptive cohort study.

Setting

Single-center, 9-bed PICU facility.

Patients

Children with respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation for more than 4 days admitted between January 2002 and December 2006.

Interventions

None.

Measurements and results

Data of 103 patients were studied. Median age was 4.5 years (range 1 month–17 years). Six patients received renal replacement therapy. Seventeen patients (17%) died. Sixty patients (58%) developed AKI by pRIFLE. Mean time to attainment of the first RIFLE stratum was 1.9 ± 1.6 days. By pRIFLE, 34 of the 60 patients fulfilled the maximum AKI criteria on the first day after admission based on the estimated creatinine clearance criterion. Patients with AKI according to the pRIFLE scoring system had five times higher mortality than patients without AKI (25 vs. 5%, P < 0.05).

Conclusions

We observed a high incidence of significant AKI in a PICU population at risk, which was associated with high mortality. Pediatric RIFLE criteria may guide in the early identification of patients at risk for AKI and in the initiation of therapy.

Keywords

Critically ill childrenAcute kidney injuryMortalityRIFLEPediatrics

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