Mortality rate of septic and surgical intensive care patients in relation to a hypophosphatemia
Studies on septic and surgical intensive care patients did show that severe hypophosphatemia is predictive for mortality. Both groups of patients demonstrated a considerably higher mortality in hypophosphatemia patients than in patients with normal serum phosphate values4,5. 28.8% of surgical intensive care patients developed a hypophosphatemia after the surgical procedure4. A higher risk of the development of cardiac arrhythmia could be demonstrated at patients in the early stages of a sepsis with lower serum phosphate levels6. The results suggest to aim for prevention of hypophosphatemia.