Pitt Researcher Leads Multinational Survey of Fluid Removal Practices

Associate professor Raghavan Murugan, MD, is conducting a multinational survey to understand fluid removal prescription and practices during renal replacement therapy in critically ill patients with fluid overload. The 25-question, anonymous survey has already been rolled out in Australia, New Zealand, China, Canada, Thailand, India, Italy, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the US. It will soon be disseminated in Japan and in Europe. Intensivists, nephrologists, advanced practice providers, and ICU or dialysis nurses practicing in an adult critical care setting are all invited to take the survey.

"With the support of various critical care societies in North America, Europe and Australasia we'll reach our participation goal of over 2000 responses. We've already received more than 700 responses from 25 countries," said Raghavan Murugan, MD, who is leading the study.

He explained that fluid overload is a significant problem in intensive care units so the purpose of the survey is to understand how care providers manage this problem and ascertain practice patterns of fluid removal during renal replacement therapy for critically ill patients.

Dr. Murugan thanks the following societies for their support:  American Association of Critical Care Nursing (AACCN), Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS), Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS), Chinese Society of Critical Care Medicine (CSCCM), European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM), Italian Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ISICM), Italian Society of Nephrology (ISN), Japanese Society of Critical Care Medicine (JSCCM), National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), and Thailand Society of Critical Care Medicine (TSCCM).

A critical care intensivist, Dr. Murugan conducts translational research to understand fluid overload-induced organ dysfunction during critical illness. His other research interests include studying biomarkers and outcomes of acute kidney injury. He holds a variety of leadership roles for the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Director of the Rapid Response System for UPMC Presbyterian, a core faculty member of the Center for Critical Care Nephrology within the CRISMA Center, and Director of the Clinical and Research Observership Programs.