Journal article

Outcome-based clinical indicators for intensive care medicine

G Duke, J Santamaria, F Shann, R Stow

ANAESTHESIA AND INTENSIVE CARE | AUSTRALIAN SOC ANAESTHETISTS | Published : 2005

Abstract

The clinical indicator is a tool used to monitor the quality of health care. Its use in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is desirable for many reasons: the maintenance of minimum standards, the development of best practice and the delivery of cost-effective health care. The utility of clinical indicators in ICU is limited by the lack of universal, robust, transparent, evidence-based and risk-adjusted measures of quality, and the difficulties in defining "quality care" and "good outcome". Monitoring of adverse events, system descriptors, and resource indicators is valuable but they have a limited relationship to the quality of care. ICU mortality prediction models provide a global measure of qua..

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