Journal article

A "Code ICU" expedited review of critically ill patients is associated with reduced emergency department length of stay and duration of mechanical ventilation

Matthew L Durie, Jai N Darvall, Daniel A Hadley, Mark A Tacey

JOURNAL OF CRITICAL CARE | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

PURPOSE: To examine the effect of a system of expedited review of critically ill patients in the Emergency Department (ED) on ED length of stay (LOS) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective cohort study at a tertiary hospital comparing two 12-month periods before and after implementation of a 'Code ICU' system of expedited review of critically ill patients in the ED. All adult ED to ICU admissions were included. Separate analyses were performed for patients intubated prior to ICU admission. RESULTS: 622 and 629 patients were included in each time period. During the intervention period more patients had ED LOS<240min in both the total [199 (32.0%) vs. 243 ..

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