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High Rate of of Vitamin D Deficiency in Critically Ill Children

A research team from Harvard Medical School has found a high rate of vitamin D deficiency in critically ill children. By looking at 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) levels in 511 children admitted to the PICU over one year, the team observed that “lower levels [of 25(OH)D] were associated with higher admission day illness severity (odds ratio 1.19 for a 1-quartile increase in Pediatric Risk of Mortality III score per 5 ng/mL decrease in 25(OH)D)” Overall, the study recommends screening for vitamin D deficiencies in critically ill children and considering repletion treatments for reducing negative outcomes.

Read it in Pediatrics.