Identifying the sick: can biochemical measurements be used to aid decision making on presentation to the accident and emergency department.

@article{Hucker2005IdentifyingTS,
  title={Identifying the sick: can biochemical measurements be used to aid decision making on presentation to the accident and emergency department.},
  author={Timothy Hucker and Greg P. Mitchell and Loren Blake and Elizabeth Cheek and Vivien Bewick and M Grocutt and Lui G Forni and Richard M. Venn},
  journal={British journal of anaesthesia},
  year={2005},
  volume={94 6},
  pages={735-41}
}
BACKGROUND Early and accurate identification of patients who may benefit from aggressive optimal medical intervention is essential if improved outcomes in terms of survival are to be achieved. We studied the usefulness of routine clinical measurements and/or markers of metabolic abnormality in the early identification of those patients at greatest risk of deterioration on presentation to the accident and emergency department. METHODS We conducted a prospective observational study in the… CONTINUE READING

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