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.1- 3 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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