One more idea on preventable ICU deaths ...
Emergency Department, University Medical Center Groningen, Hanzeplein 1, 9700 RB, Groningen, The Netherlands
Critical Care 2012, 16:438 doi:10.1186/cc11371
See related viewpoint by Dijkema et al., http://ccforum.com/content/16/2/309, and related research by de Souza et al., http://ccforum.com/content/16/3/R72Published: 6 July 2012
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In recent issues of Critical Care two papers regarding ICU mortality caught our eye: an interesting viewpoint article on preventable mortality by Dijkema and colleagues , and a research paper on the impact of ICU admission during morning rounds on mortality by de Souza and colleagues . It appeared to us that an important factor to avoid preventable ICU deaths is not mentioned: the time period before the critically ill patient is finally admitted to the ICU.