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BACKGROUND: Contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI) is a recognised complication during primary PCI that affects short and long term prognosis. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of point-of-care (POC) pre-PPCI creatinine and eGFR testing in STEMI patients. METHODS: 160 STEMI patients (STATCREAT group) with pre-procedure POC testing of Cr and eGFR were compared with 294 consecutive retrospective STEMI patients (control group). Patients were further divided into subjects with or without pre-existing CKD. RESULTS: The incidence of CI-AKI in the whole population was 14.5% and not different between the two overall groups. For patients with pre-procedure CKD, contrast dose was significantly reduced in the STATCREAT group (124.6ml vs. 152.3ml, p=0.015). The incidence of CI-AKI was 5.9% (n=2) in the STATCREAT group compared with 17.9% (n=10) in the control group (p=0.12). There was no difference in the number of lesions treated (1.118 vs. 1.196, p=0.643) or stents used (1.176 vs. 1.250, p=0.78). For non-CKD patients, there was no significant difference in contrast dose (172.4ml vs. 158.4ml, p=0.067), CI-AKI incidence (16.7% vs. 13.4%, p=0.4), treated lesions (1.167 vs. 1.164, p=1.0) or stents used (1.214 vs. 1.168, p=0.611) between the two groups. CONCLUSIONS: Pre-PPCI point-of-care renal function testing did not reduce the incidence of CI-AKI in the overall group of STEMI patients. In patients with CKD, contrast dose was significantly reduced, but a numerical reduction in CI-AKI was not found to be statistically significant. No significant differences were found in the non-CKD group.

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Journal article


Int J Cardiol

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8 - 13


Contrast-induced AKI, Point-of-care testing, Primary PCI, STEMI, Acute Kidney Injury, Aged, Cohort Studies, Creatinine, Early Medical Intervention, Female, Glomerular Filtration Rate, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Pilot Projects, Point-of-Care Systems, Prospective Studies, Retrospective Studies, ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction