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One more idea on preventable ICU deaths ...

Jack JM Ligtenberg*, Bas W Bens and Jan C Ter Maaten

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Emergency Department, University Medical Center Groningen, Hanzeplein 1, 9700 RB, Groningen, The Netherlands

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Critical Care 2012, 16:438  doi:10.1186/cc11371

See related viewpoint by Dijkema et al.,, and related research by de Souza et al.,

Published: 6 July 2012

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In recent issues of Critical Care two papers regarding ICU mortality caught our eye: an interesting viewpoint article on preventable mortality by Dijkema and colleagues [1], and a research paper on the impact of ICU admission during morning rounds on mortality by de Souza and colleagues [2]. It appeared to us that an important factor to avoid preventable ICU deaths is not mentioned: the time period before the critically ill patient is finally admitted to the ICU.