By Daniel L. Traber Ph.D. (auth.), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Günther Schlag, Univ.-Dozent Dr. Heinz Redl, Prof. John H. Siegel MD (eds.)

The First Wiggers Bernard convention on surprise, Sepsis, and Organ Failure was once envisaged as a gathering of yankee and ecu Scientists. It used to be named after researchers, one from the "Old" and one from the "New World", who're popular for his or her amazing achievements in surprise study and experimental medication. This assembly was once some extent of de­ parture for a chain of workshops that would specialise in to 3 major issues handled intimately by means of specialists of their respective fields. the 1st Wiggers Bernard convention addressed 3 major questions: 1. Multi-organ-failure - is it a chain of organ disasters or a systemic sickness? 2. mobile occasions in trauma and sepsis - are they because of suppression, activation or either? three. Mediators of organ failure - are LPS or sepsis important? even if many solutions got during this first consultation, various concerns stay to be clarified as a result huge, immense complexity of the topic. How­ ever, the level used to be set for encounters among clinicians and easy scientific researchers, due to the fact that theoretical wisdom might be important to the clinician ex­ ploring new techniques to analysis, prophylaxis, and treatment. The convention couldn't were geared up with no the beneficiant sup­ port of the Immuno corporation, Vienna, Austria. may perhaps we show our certain because of Dr. Eibl, coping with director and head of the examine department of Immuno AG, not just for granting monetary aid but additionally for his necessary recommendation, encouragement, and medical expertise.

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INNSBRUCK: MAY 1987 TO MAY 1988 (Thesis. Innsbruck 1988) 255 PATIENTS AT RISK [Trauma Pat. 7) I 58 PAT. (23%) __ ARDSI [ISS 41 ± 17) MONTGOMERY et at SEATTLE: JUNE 1981 to OCTOBER 1982 (AM. REV. RESPIR. DIS. 1985. 485·489) 207 PATIENTS AT RISK [Surgical Trauma. Surg. non trauma. ] I 47 PAT. (23%)-- ARDsl [Surgical Trauma Group ISS 41) DEFINITIONS The severity of injury (risk factors) was determined by the Injury Severity Score (ISS) (BUll, 1982). The Sepsis Syndrome was defined according to Montgomery et a1.

Localised infection may be responsible for acute gastrointestinal failure and acute pancreatic failure. Is the isolated manifest organ failure in the early phase the result of massive activation of mediators ("Mediator Saga") triggered by catastrophic events (Pathway 3, Fig. 2)? The classic example for Pathway 3 is the posttraumatic Acute Lung Failure in the early phase ("early ARDS"). Ve believe in direct traumatic or infectious organ failure rather than in an "Early Phase Failure" caused by activated mediators.

The occurrence of renal injury or alterations in renal blood flow may be difficult to document clinically until overt renal failure occurs. 6. Problems such atelectasis, aspiration, or fat embolism may accumulate or be additive to produce marginal ventilatory function and eventual failure. 7. Altered hepatic function is often unrecognized or unclear initially but may become evident later. Its impact on homeostatic processes is still not completely understood. 8. An altered or depressed immune response that may occur with the injury or circulating immunosuppressive factors may be accentuated by catabolism and the inability to mount an adequate host defense against invasive infection.

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