Journal article

Implementation of Critical Care Response Teams in Ontario: Impact on the Outcomes of Surgical Patients.

Gonzalo Sapisochin, Hala Muaddi, Nancy N Baxter, Therese A Stukel, Bernard Lawless, David R Urbach

Annals of Surgery | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether introduction of Critical Care Response Teams (CCRTs) reduced mortality rates among patients who developed a post-operative complication, also referred to as failure to rescue (FTR). BACKGROUND: CCRTs were introduced to improve patients' post-operative outcomes. Its effect on FTR continues to be actively investigated. METHODS: We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study using administrative data from Ontario, Canada. We identified 810,279 patients admitted to hospital for major surgical procedures between January 2004 and December 2014, with a washout period consisting of the 9 months before and after the implementation of CCRTs in January 2007. D..

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