Journal article

Association between clinically abnormal observations and subsequent in-hospital mortality: a prospective study

M Buist, S Bernard, TV Nguyen, G Moore, J Anderson

RESUSCITATION | ELSEVIER SCI IRELAND LTD | Published : 2004

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Patients with unexpected in-hospital cardiac arrest often have an abnormal clinical observation prior to the arrest. Previous studies have suggested that a medical emergency team responding to such patients may decrease in-hospital mortality from cardiac arrest, but the association between any abnormal clinical observation and subsequent increased mortality has not been studied prospectively. The aim of this study was to determine the predictive value of selected abnormal clinical observations in a ward population for subsequent in-hospital mortality. DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective data collection in five general hospital ward areas at Dandenong Hospital, Victoria, Australia. IN..

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