BACKGROUND The correction of coagulopathy with fresh frozen plasma (FFP) is one of the main issues in the treatment of multiple-injured patients. Infectious and septic complications contribute to an adverse outcome in multiple-injured patients. Here, we investigated the role of FFP in the development of inflammatory complications given within the first 48 hours.
METHODS A total of 2033 patients with multiple injuries and an Injury Severity Score greater than 16 points and aged 16 years or older were included. The population was subdivided into 2 groups: those who received FFP and those who did not. The data were analyzed using SPSS version 22.0. Associations between the data were tested using Pearson correlation. Independent predictivity was analyzed by binary logistic regression and multivariate regression. Data were considered as significant if P<.05.
RESULTS The prothrombin time at admission was significantly lower (68.5%±23.3% vs 81.8%±21.0% normal; P<.001) in the group receiving FFP. The application of FFP led to a more severe systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) grade (3.0±1.2 vs 2.2±1.4; P<.001), to a higher infection rate (48% vs 28%; P<.001), and to a higher sepsis rate (29% vs 13%; P<.001) in the patients receiving FFP. The correlations between SIRS and the incidence of infections and sepsis increased with the amount of FFP applied (P<.001).
CONCLUSIONS Treatment with FFP of bleeding patients with multiple injuries enhances the risk of SIRS, infection, and sepsis; however, a multifactorial genesis has to be postulated.