Results of the 2018 Japan Society for Blood Purification in Critical Care survey: current status and outcomes

Masanori Abe, Hidetoshi Shiga, Hiroomi Tatsumi, Yoshihiro Endo, Yoshihiko Kikuchi, Yasushi Suzuki, Kent Doi, Taka Aki Nakada, Hiroyuki Nagafuchi, Noriyuki Hattori, Nobuyuki Hirohashi, Takeshi Moriguchi, Osamu Yamaga, Osamu Nishida

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Background: The Japan Society for Blood Purification in Critical Care (JSBPCC) has reported survey results on blood purification therapy (BPT) for critically ill patients in 2005, 2009, and 2013. To clarify the current clinical status, including details of the modes used, treated diseases, and survival rate, we conducted this cohort study using data from the nationwide JSBPCC registry in 2018. Methods: We analyzed data of 2371 patients who underwent BPT in the intensive care units of 43 facilities to investigate patient characteristics, disease severity, modes of BPTs, including the dose of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) and hemofilters, treated diseases, and the survival rate for each disease. Disease severity was assessed using Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) scores. Results: BPT was performed 2867 times in the 2371 patients. Mean APACHE II and SOFA scores were 23.5 ± 9.4 and 10.0 ± 4.4, respectively. The most frequently used mode of BPT was CRRT (67.4%), followed by intermittent renal replacement therapy (19.1%) and direct hemoperfusion with the polymyxin B-immobilized fiber column (7.3%). The most commonly used anticoagulant was nafamostat mesilate (78.6%). Among all patients, the 28-day survival rate was 61.7%. CRRT was the most commonly used mode for many diseases, including acute kidney injury (AKI), multiple organ failure (MOF), and sepsis. The survival rate decreased according to the severity of AKI (P = 0.001). The survival rate was significantly lower in patients with multiple organ failure (MOF) (34.6%) compared with acute lung injury (ALI) (48.0%) and sepsis (58.0%). Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that sepsis, ALI, acute liver failure, cardiovascular hypotension, central nervous system disorders, and higher APACHE II scores were significant predictors of higher 28-day mortality. Conclusion: This large-scale cohort study revealed the current status of BPT in Japan. It was found that CRRT was the most frequently used mode for critically ill patients in Japan and that 28-day survival was lower in those with MOF or sepsis. Further investigations are required to clarify the efficacy of BPT for critically ill patients. Trial Registration: UMIN000027678.

Original languageEnglish
Article number58
JournalRenal Replacement Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nephrology
  • Urology
  • Transplantation


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