Risk Factors for Mortality in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Bruna M. N. Gama
Congenital heart defect commonly requires care in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). They are a heterogeneous group of disorders with an annual incidence of 25,757 new cases in Brazil, 12 cases per 1,000 inhabitants1. In this paper, Guimarães et al.,2 published a cross-sectional study to describe the epidemiology of patients admitted to PICU from a tertiary hospital in Brazil. In this editorial, we review recent progress in understanding the risk factors for mortality in PICU. The editorial was produced by searching Pubmed and Scielo, using the terms “PICU”, “RACHS”, “CHD”, and “mortality”.
Keywords: Heart Defects Congenital/mortality; Risk Factors; Mordity; Intensive Care Units; Hospitalization; Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular; Aortic Coarctation; Arterial Switch Operation.