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Predicting value of prehospital body temperature for ICU admission of septic shock patients

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To specify whether an association exists between pre-hospital body temperature collected by the emergency medical services (EMS) call centre, and intensive care unit (ICU) admission of patients with septic shock. An observational study based on data collected by the EMS of Paris. All septic shocks were included. Among, the 140 calls concerning septic shock, 22 patients (16%) were admitted to ICU. The mean core temperature was 37.4±1.6°C for ICU and 38.6±1.1°C (p<4.10^-5) for non-ICU patients. Using propensity score analysis, the relative risk for ICU admission of patients with pre-hospital fever or hypothermia was 0.31 and 2 respectively. The study highlights the potential usefulness of early temperature measurement in septic shock patients to allow early proper orientation.

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