Oxygenation index predicts mortality in pediatric stem cell transplant recipients requiring mechanical ventilation

Courtney M. Rowan, Kerry M. Hege, Richard H. Speicher, Michael Goodman, Susan M. Perkins, James E. Slaven, David F. Westenkirchner, Paul R. Haut, Mara E. Nitu

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The mortality in the ICU for pediatric HSCT recipients remains high. Early pulmonary complications continue to be an obstacle to the survival. We hypothesize OI is a predictor for mortality in critically ill pediatric HSCT recipients. Retrospective review of pediatric HSCT recipients between 2002 and 2010 who required intensive care during the same hospital admission as their transplant. Twenty-eight patients accounted for 31 ICU admissions. Twenty-six (84%) admissions required mechanical ventilation. Ten (38%) mechanically ventilated admissions were placed on HFOV. Mortality of those mechanically ventilated was 70%. An OI ≥ 20 at any point during ventilation was associated with 94% mortality, while an OI ≥ 25 had 100% mortality. There was a significant association between maximum OI at any point during mechanical ventilation and ICU mortality, with the odds of dying increasing by 13% for each unit increase of max OI (OR = 1.13, 95% CI = 1.01-1.26, p = 0.03). An OI of 20 had a sensitivity of 0.89 and specificity of 0.83 for predicting mortality. OI has a strong association with ICU mortality among pediatric stem cell recipients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-650
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Transplantation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • hematopoietic stem cell transplant
  • intensive care
  • oscillation
  • oxygenation index
  • pediatrics
  • survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Transplantation

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