Critically ill infants and children with influenza A (H1N1) in pediatric intensive care units in Argentina.

Research paper by Julio A JA Farias, Analía A Fernández, Ezequiel E Monteverde, Nilda N Vidal, Pilar P Arias, María J MJ Montes, Gabriela G Rodríguez, Mariela M Allasia, Maria E ME Ratto, Roxana R Jaén, Claudia C Meregalli, Karina K Fiquepron, Ana R AR Calvo, Alejandro A Siaba, Lidia L Albano, et al.

Indexed on: 20 Mar '10Published on: 20 Mar '10Published in: Intensive Care Medicine


To determine the epidemiological features, course, and outcomes of critically ill pediatric patients with Influenza A (H1N1) virus.Prospective cohort of children in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) due to Influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.Seventeen medical-surgical PICUs in tertiary care hospital in Argentina.All consecutive patients admitted to the PICUs with influenza A (H1N1) viral infection from 15 June to 31 July 2009.Of 437 patients with acute lower respiratory infection in PICUs, 147 (34%) were diagnosed with influenza A (H1N1) related to critical illness. The median age of these patients was 10 months (IQR 3-59). Invasive mechanical ventilation was used in 117 (84%) on admission. The rate of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) was 80% (118 of 147 patients). Initial non-invasive ventilation failed in 19 of 22 attempts (86%). Mortality at 28 days was 39% (n = 57). Chronic complex conditions (CCCs), acute renal dysfunction (ARD) and ratio PaO(2)/FiO(2) at day 3 on MV were independently associated with a higher risk of mortality. The odds ratio (OR) for CCCs was 3.06, (CI 95% 1.36-6.84); OR for ARD, 3.38, (CI 95% 1.45-10.33); OR for PaO(2)/FiO(2), 4 (CI 95% 1.57-9.59). The administration of oseltamivir within 24 h after admission had a protective effect: OR 0.2 (CI 95% 0.07-0.54).In children with ARDS, H1N1 as an etiologic agent confers high mortality, and the presence of CCCs in such patients increases the risk of death.