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Mehmet Ali Aslaner, Meltem Akkaş, Sercan Eroğlu, Nalan M Aksu, Mehmet Mahir Özmen
INTRODUCTION: Many emergency departments (EDs) have established units capable of providing critical care because of increasing need for critical care, called as ED intensive care unit (EDICU). However, prolonged critical care leads to crowding, resulting in poor quality of care and high mortality rates. We aimed to determine which type of critically ill patients play a main role for crowding in the EDICU, and how to manage these patients. METHOD: Patients aged older than 18 years who presented to the ED and presented for consultation to the ICU were eligible for inclusion in this study...
April 2015: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jo-Chi Tseng, Chih-Huang Li, Kuan-Fu Chen, Yi-Ling Chan, Shy-Shin Chang, Feng-Lin Wang, Te-Fa Chiu, Jih-Chang Chen
PURPOSE: The boarding of critically ill patients in the emergency department (ED) could reduce quality of care and increase mortality. An ED intensive care unit (ICU) was set up in a 3715-bed medical center to facilitate timely delivery of critical care. This study reports comparative outcomes of EDICU patients with specialty ICU patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical records of adult nontrauma ED patients admitted to nonsurgical ICUs (EDICU, medical, cardiac, alimentary, and neurological units) between January 2007 and July 2011 were retrospectively reviewed...
June 2015: Journal of Critical Care
Arthas Flabouris, Jellsingh Jeyadoss, John Field, Tom Soulsby
OBJECTIVE: To compare patients admitted from the emergency department (ED) directly to a ward (EDWard), the intensive care unit (EDICU) or stepdown (high dependency) unit (EDSDU) with patients admitted via the ED, but whose admission to an ICU (EDWardICU) or SDU (EDWardSDU) was preceded by a ward stay. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Administrative and clinical data linkage; 650-bed, tertiary referral hospital, whose ED has about 60 000 patient presentations per annum; adult patients admitted via the ED to a ward, ICU or SDU and whose ED length of stay (LOS) was < 24 h...
September 2012: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
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