Translational research in sepsis - an ultimate challenge?
Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, University Hospital of Muenster, Muenster, Germany
Experimental & Translational Stroke Medicine 2011, 3:14 doi:10.1186/2040-7378-3-14Published: 14 November 2011
In the era of evidence-based medicine, large, randomized, controlled, multicenter studies represent the "summit of evidence". In contrast to specialties like cardiology, the majority of randomized, controlled trials in critical care medicine, however, have failed to demonstrate a survival benefit; notably, despite encouraging results from experimental and phase-II clinical studies. The difficulty in translating our theoretical knowledge into successful multicenter randomized, controlled trials and subsequent treatment recommendations may represent one reason, why the mortality of septic shock still averages between 40-60%, although our knowledge about the underlying pathophysiology has considerably increased and international guidelines have widely been implemented. The present article elucidates some of the difficulties in translating research from bench to bedside.