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A short cut review was carried out to establish whether serum lactate might be a marker for mortality in patients presenting to the emergency department with an infection. Only one paper was found addressing the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of this paper are tabulated. The clinical bottom line is that serum lactate may …
Report by Daniel Mercier, Emergency Medicine Resident Search checked by Jeff Jones, Emergency Medicine Attending Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research/Michigan State University