Patients with Multiple Medical Emergency Team Calls Are at High Risk for Adverse Outcomes

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Abstract

SYNOPSIS:

In this large observational study in four hospitals with a standardized rapid response system, among patients with an initial team activation who were not immediately transferred to the ICU, those with one or more additional activations during the hospitalization were more likely to need ICU care and had both longer hospital stays and higher mortality.

SOURCE:

Stelfox HT, et al. Characteristics and outcomes for hospitalized patients with recurrent clinical deterioration and repeat medical emergency team activation. Crit Care Med 2014; Mar 25. [Epub ahead of print.]

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