Utile or futile : biomarkers in the ICU

Balmelli, Cathrin and Drexler, Beatrice and Mueller, Christian. (2011) Utile or futile : biomarkers in the ICU. Critical care, Vol. 15, H. 2. p. 131.

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Biomarkers complement other clinical information by proving quantitative data regarding a pathophysiological mechanism that can be used for the early diagnosis of a specific disease, to monitor and guide treatment, and to predict the risk of death or other adverse events. The stronger the link between the information provided by the biomarker and the immediate clinical course of action that we physicians take in response, the higher the clinical utility of the biomarker. This link is weakest for prognostic biomarkers applied in patients with a wide variety of diseases, such as in unselected intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Although the added value on top of current ICU mortality scores seems to be too low to justify clinical use, the observation that hemodynamic cardiac stress and inflammation are present in multiple conditions provides important insights into the pathophysiology of common disorders in the ICU.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Kardiologie > Klinische Outcomeforschung Kardiologie (Müller)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Kardiologie > Klinische Outcomeforschung Kardiologie (Müller)
UniBasel Contributors:Müller, Christian
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Current Science
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:27 Feb 2014 15:45
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