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Patient referral and transportation to a regional tertiary ICU: patient demographics, severity of illness and outcome comparison with non-transported patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10470394     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A descriptive analysis and comparison of critically ill transported patients with non-transported patients will assist in selecting the appropriate referral and transportation process and subsequent incorporation into the critical care services of receiving hospitals. A retrospective review of transported and non-transported patients admitted to the same Intensive Care Unit was conducted. Patient demographics, disease categories, source of admission to ICU, APACHE II scores, predicted and actual hospital mortality, hospital and ICU length of stay were examined. Of all ICU admissions, 16% were transported. Transported patients had a different case mix, significantly higher severity of illness measures, mortality and length of ICU stay. Observed mortality of transported patients with sepsis, gastrointestinal disease or bleeding, intracranial haemorrhage and post respiratory arrest was less than predicted whilst those with neurological disease, post cardiac arrest and overdose had a higher than predicted mortality.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia and intensive care     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0310-057X     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Publication Date:  1999 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-07     Completed Date:  1999-10-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342017     Medline TA:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  385-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Intensive Care Unit, Wellington Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Critical Illness
Diagnosis-Related Groups
Hospital Mortality
Intensive Care Units*
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
New Zealand
Patient Admission*
Patient Transfer*
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Transportation of Patients
Treatment Outcome

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