Elderly patients are at high risk of night-time admission to the intensive care unit following a rapid response team call

K. Sundararajan*, A. Flabouris, C. Thompson, I. Seppelt, The George Institute of Global Health and the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group Point Prevalence study Investigators

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Abstract

Previous studies have shown that elderly patients (age ≥65 years) are less likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit following a rapid response team call and have high hospital mortality rates. This study has shown that elderly patients have a significantly higher probability of being admitted to an intensive care unit following a rapid response team call at night than during the day. However, at no time are they at greater risk than younger patients of incomplete vital sign recording, a failure to escalate care for acute deterioration or mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1440-1442
Number of pages3
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Volume46
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • afferent limb failure
  • circadian rhythm
  • diurnal variation
  • intensive care unit
  • rapid response teams

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