Prague Med. Rep. 2023, 124, 52-57

Red Cell Distribution Width on First Day Intensive Care Unit Admission in Paediatrics

Gema Nazri Yanni, Rina Amalia C. Saragih, Syamsidah Lubis

Department of Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia

Received March 15, 2022
Accepted January 13, 2023

Red distribution width (RDW) has recently been acclaimed as prognostic marker for mortality in critically-ill patients. However, this claim is still unclear and reports are still inadequate for the association between RDW and mortality in critically-ill paediatric patients. This research assessed the correlation between RDW within 24 hours of PICU (paediatric intensive care unit) admission and PELOD-2 score. A cross-sectional study was carried out involving 59 pediatric patients admitted to the PICU Haji Adam Malik Hospital, Medan, Indonesia, from May to July 2019. The association between RDW and PELOD-2 score was assessed by using Spearman correlation test. The RDW level of paediatric patients in the PICU on the first 24 hours was elevated (median 14.7%, range 11.4–31.2%). The median of PELOD-2 score assessment was 8 (range 2–21). There was no significant correlation between RDW and PELOD-2 in this research (r=0.187, p=0.156).


This study was supported by TALENTA Program from Universitas Sumatera Utara.


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