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ObjectivesTo examine long-term survival and quality of life of patients with early septic shock.DesignProspective, randomized, parallel-group trial.SettingFifty-one hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Hong Kong, and the Republic of Ireland.PatientsOne-thousand five-hundred ninety-one patients who presented to the emergency department with early septic shock between October 2008 and April 2014, and were enrolled in the Australasian Resuscitation in Sepsis Evaluation trial.InterventionsEarly goal-directed therapy versus usual care.Measurements and main resultsLong-term survival was measured up to 12 months postrandomization. Health-related quality of life was measured using the EuroQoL-5D-3L, Short Form 36 and Assessment of Quality of Life 4D at baseline, and at 6 and 12 months following randomization. Mortality data were available for 1,548 patients (97.3%) and 1,515 patients (95.2%) at 6 and 12 months, respectively. Health-related quality of life data were available for 85.1% of survivors at 12 months. There were no significant differences in mortality between groups at either 6 months (early goal-directed therapy 21.8% vs usual care 22.6%; p = 0.70) or 12 months (early goal-directed therapy 26.4% vs usual care 27.9%; p = 0.50). There were no group differences in health-related quality of life at either 6 or 12 months (EuroQoL-5D-3L utility scores at 12 mo early goal-directed therapy 0.65 ± 0.33 vs usual care 0.64 ± 0.34; p = 0.50), with the health-related quality of life of both groups being significantly lower than population norms.ConclusionsIn patients presenting to the emergency department with early septic shock, early goal-directed therapy compared with usual care did not reduce mortality nor improve health-related quality of life at either 6 or 12 months.

Original publication





Critical care medicine

Publication Date





765 - 773


Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.


Australasian Resuscitation in Sepsis Evaluation (ARISE) Investigators and the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group, Humans, Shock, Septic, Resuscitation, Survival Rate, Follow-Up Studies, Prospective Studies, Time Factors, Quality of Life, Adult, Aged, Middle Aged, Hong Kong, Australia, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Female, Male, Early Goal-Directed Therapy