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Recognition and early management of the critically ill ward patient

Frost, Paul John and Wise, Matthew Peter 2007. Recognition and early management of the critically ill ward patient. British Journal of Hospital Medicine 68 (10) , m180-m183. 10.12968/hmed.2007.68.Sup10.27338

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The management of general ward patients who develop critical illness is often suboptimal. There are many reasons for this including a lack of a systematic approach to these patients (Cullinane et al, 2005), over-burdened ward staff and deficiencies in medical training (Smith et al, 2007). Cardiac arrests occurring in ward patients are often preceded by many hours of untreated physiological deterioration (Franklin and Mathew, 1994). In addition up to 25% of admissions to intensive care from the ward have deteriorated to the point of cardiorespiratory arrest (Goldhill and Sumner, 1998). Knowledge of a simple practical approach to these patients can be life saving.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
ISSN: 1750-8460
Last Modified: 23 May 2019 05:01

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