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OBJECTIVES: To examine long-term survival and quality of life of patients with early septic shock. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, parallel-group trial. SETTING: Fifty-one hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Hong Kong, and the Republic of Ireland. PATIENTS: One-thousand five-hundred ninety-one patients who presented to the emergency department with early septic shock between October 2008 and April 2014, and were enrolled in the Australasian Resuscitation in Sepsis Evaluation trial. INTERVENTIONS: Early goal-directed therapy versus usual care. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Long-term survival was measured up to 12 months postrandomization. Health-related quality of life was measured using the EuroQoL-5D-3L, Short Form 36 and Assessment of Quality of Life 4D at baseline, and at 6 and 12 months following randomization. Mortality data were available for 1,548 patients (97.3%) and 1,515 patients (95.2%) at 6 and 12 months, respectively. Health-related quality of life data were available for 85.1% of survivors at 12 months. There were no significant differences in mortality between groups at either 6 months (early goal-directed therapy 21.8% vs usual care 22.6%; p = 0.70) or 12 months (early goal-directed therapy 26.4% vs usual care 27.9%; p = 0.50). There were no group differences in health-related quality of life at either 6 or 12 months (EuroQoL-5D-3L utility scores at 12 mo early goal-directed therapy 0.65 ± 0.33 vs usual care 0.64 ± 0.34; p = 0.50), with the health-related quality of life of both groups being significantly lower than population norms. CONCLUSIONS: In patients presenting to the emergency department with early septic shock, early goal-directed therapy compared with usual care did not reduce mortality nor improve health-related quality of life at either 6 or 12 months.

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Journal article


Crit Care Med

Publication Date





765 - 773


Adult, Aged, Australia, Early Goal-Directed Therapy, Female, Finland, Follow-Up Studies, Hong Kong, Humans, Ireland, Male, Middle Aged, New Zealand, Prospective Studies, Quality of Life, Resuscitation, Shock, Septic, Survival Rate, Time Factors