Have you ever seen a lactate > 17? Did the patient survive?

ghillbert, MSN, NP

Specializes in CTICU. Has 26 years experience. 3,792 Posts

Seen it dozens of times. Sometimes they did, sometimes they didn't. Depends on the reason for the lactate elevation. A postop cardiac case who's hypotensive and hypovolemic is a lot more likely to survive than someone with a dead gut.