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  • Association between frailty and C-terminal agrin fragment with 3-month mortality following ST-elevation myocardial infarction

    Banerjee, Jay (2022)
    The objective of this study was to evaluate the association between frailty, evaluated by the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) and FRAIL scale, and C-terminal agrin fragment (CAF) levels with 3-month mortality following ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This was a prospective observational study that included patients over the age of 18 years with STEMI admitted to the coronary intensive care unit. Within 48 h of admission, the CFS and FRAIL scale were applied and blood samples collected for serum CAF evaluation. Patients were followed for 3 months after hospital discharge, and mortality was recorded. One hundred and eleven patients were included; mean age was 62.3 ± 12.4 years, 61.3% were male and 11.7% died during the 3 months of follow-up. According to the CFS, 79.3% of the patients were classified as not frail, 12.6% as pre-frail and 8.1% as frail. According to the FRAIL scale, 31.5% of the patients were classified as not frail, 53.2% as pre-frail and 15.3% as frail. In univariate analysis, the CFS but not FRAIL scale was associated with mortality. In multiple logistic regression analysis, pre-frail/frail according to CFS (odds ratio [OR]: 6.118; CI 95%: 1.344-27.848; p = 0.019) and CAF levels (OR: 0.943; CI 95%: 0.896-0.992; p = 0.024) were associated with increased 3-month mortality. In a sub-analysis of 53 patients ≥65 years, CFS and CAF levels were associated with 3-month mortality. In conclusion, CAF levels and frailty determined by the CFS were associated with 3-month mortality after STEMI in the general and older population.
  • Piloting a registry for paediatric sepsis: The PoRPoiSe study

    Roland, Damian
    Aim: To develop a model for a paediatric sepsis registry for use in emergency care settings. A regional study, in the UK, was undertaken to identify the most basic registry components which are desirable and feasible using the concept of a minimum viable product. Methods: Two-round survey of clinicians using a modified Delphi methodology in conjunction with a regional data collection project in three paediatric emergency departments across London. Results: The survey identified 34 desirable information items to be included in a registry. Fifteen of 34 items are currently feasible from our experience of data collection. Conclusion: The development of a multi-centre paediatric sepsis registry sepsis may have several benefits but is currently extremely limited primarily because of technological fragmentation within our Health Service. Our findings have important implications for researchers wishing to plan sepsis surveillance programmes, locally and internationally.