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Bowman JA, Nuño M, Jurkovich GJ
Association of hospital-level intensive care unit use and outcomes in older patients with isolated rib fractures.
Researchers characterized interhospital variability in intensive care unit (ICU) vs non-ICU admission of older patients with isolated rib fractures and evaluated whether greater hospital-level use of ICU admission is associated with improved outcomes. This study included trauma patients who were admitted to trauma centers participating in the National Trauma Data Bank. The researchers found that admission location of older patients with isolated rib fractures was variable across hospitals, but hospitalization at a center with greater ICU use was associated with improved outcomes. They recommended that hospitals with low ICU use admit more such patients to an ICU.
Citation: Bowman JA, Nuño M, Jurkovich GJ . Association of hospital-level intensive care unit use and outcomes in older patients with isolated rib fractures. JAMA Netw Open 2020 Nov 2;3(11):e2026500. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.26500..
Keywords: Elderly, Injuries and Wounds, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Hospitals, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Outcomes, Mortality