This single center retrospective cohort of ED patients with suspected infection found a linear correlation between lactate levels and in-hospital mortality, ranging from 6% (lactate <1 mmol/L) to 39% (lactate 19-20 mmol/L). Lactate levels can help predict prognosis in patients with suspected infection (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.