Journal article

Effect of an anaesthesia department led critical care outreach and acute pain service on postoperative serious adverse events

DA Story, AC Shelton, SJ Poustie, NJ Colin-Thome, RE McIntyre, PL McNicol



UNLABELLED: We examined whether a combined critical care outreach and acute pain service comprising both medical and nursing staff from the Department of Anaesthesia would decrease the incidence of postoperative serious adverse events in a hospital with an established Medical Emergency Team. We called this combined service IMPACT: Inpatient Management of acute Pain and Advice on Clinical Treatment. We conducted a prospective, before-and-after trial with a baseline phase (319 patients) of standard acute pain management followed by the IMPACT phase (271 patients), during which the IMPACT team systematically reviewed high-risk postoperative patients for the first three days after their return t..

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