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Gabler NB, Ratcliffe SJ, Wagner J
Mortality among patients admitted to strained intensive care units.
A study of 264,401 patients admitted to 155 U.S. intensive care units (ICUs) found several factors associated with small increases in mortality: ICU census on the day of a patient’s admission, the presence of higher acuity patients, and the proportion of new admissions. These sources of ICU strain were associated with mortality increases particularly in ICUs employing closed staffing models.
Citation: Gabler NB, Ratcliffe SJ, Wagner J . Mortality among patients admitted to strained intensive care units. Am J Respir Crit Care. 2013 Oct 1;188(7):800-6. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201304-0622OC..
Keywords: Mortality, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Critical Care, Patient Safety, Workforce