Hospitals are dangerous places
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Objective: To estimate the effect of day of the week on the odds of being discharged alive from an intensive care unit (ICU).
Design: A longitudinal analysis of risk of discharge by day of the week.
Setting and patients: 4569 patients admitted to the ICU of St Thomas’ Hospital, London, from 2002 to 2006.
Results: The odds of being discharged alive were lowest on the weekend and literally climbed during the week.
Conclusion: Our results show a frightening pattern of discharge from an ICU ward, most likely caused by a complex web of specialist availability and patient demand.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||intensive care unit|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Intensive Care (110310)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Australasian Medical Publishing Company|
|Deposited On:||09 Dec 2008 10:07|
|Last Modified:||10 Aug 2011 23:58|
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