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630 Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome

Diagnostic Highlights (continued)


Normal Result

Abnormality with Condition


Partial thromboplastin time (activated; APPT)

Prothrombin time (PT)

Varies by laboratory; generally 21-35 sec

Varies by laboratory; generally 11-13 sec

Prolonged; may be prolonged >80 sec

Prolonged >15 sec

May be prolonged if liver failure and hematologic failure occurs

May be prolonged if liver failure occurs

Other Tests: Electrocardiogram, multiple cultures and sensitivities (blood, wound, urine, sputum, catheters), arterial blood gases, pulmonary artery pressure monitoring, cardiac output and index, derived oxygen variables (oxygen delivery, oxygen consumption), electrolytes, glucose.

• TABLE 4 Definitions of Organ Failure
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