Unexpected emergency department death: incidence, causes, and relationship to presentation and time in the department.

@article{Roller1992UnexpectedED,
  title={Unexpected emergency department death: incidence, causes, and relationship to presentation and time in the department.},
  author={Jeffrey Roller and N Heramba Prasad and Herbert G. Garrison and Theodore W. Whitley},
  journal={Annals of emergency medicine},
  year={1992},
  volume={21 6},
  pages={743-5}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence and causes of unexpected death in emergency department patients and its relationship to initial ED presentation. To determine if length of ED stay is directly related to unexpected death. DESIGN Retrospective chart review of all patients dying in the study ED during a three-year period. Patients receiving CPR on admission or who had "do not resuscitate" orders were classified as expected deaths. Vital signs, level of consciousness, length of time in… CONTINUE READING