Readmission to intensive care : a review of the literature

Elliott, Malcolm 2006, Readmission to intensive care : a review of the literature, Australian critical care, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 96-104, doi: 10.1016/S1036-7314(06)80004-4.

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Title Readmission to intensive care : a review of the literature
Author(s) Elliott, Malcolm
Journal name Australian critical care
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 96
End page 104
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Place of publication Boston, Mass.
Publication date 2006-08
ISSN 1036-7314
Summary Acutely ill patients are commonly found on general hospital wards; some of these are patients who have been recently discharged from an intensive care unit (ICU). These patients may require a higher level of care than other ward patients and, due to the acuity of their illness, are at risk of readmission to ICU. Research has indicated that patients readmitted to ICU have mortality rates up to six times higher than those not readmitted and are eleven times more likely to die in hospital. Numerous studies have retrospectively examined these readmissions but, despite this, there is still no clear indication of why ICU readmissions occur or what the common characteristics of readmitted patients are. This literature review examines the published studies on patients who have been readmitted to ICU. Further research is needed to explore why readmissions to ICU occur and the type of patient who is at greatest risk for readmission.

Notes Available online 29 December 2006.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1036-7314(06)80004-4
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier Ltd.
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