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Research Letter
December 27, 2016

Association Between In-Hospital Critical Illness Events and Outcomes in Patients on the Same Ward

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Computation Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Center for Research Informatics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 4Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 5Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2016;316(24):2674-2675. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.15505

Major critical illness events, such as cardiopulmonary arrest and intensive care unit (ICU) transfer, disrupt workflow in a hospital ward. Other patients on the same ward may receive inadequate attention, especially if their care team is distracted by the emergency. Most studies have concentrated on patient-level variables associated with outcomes.13 To our knowledge, no study has quantified the risk to ward occupants associated with patients on the same ward experiencing critical illness.

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