Proactive recognition and response, pre-emptive management
Despite improvements in medical therapy and improved outcomes, patients admitted to acute care hospitals may suffer clinical deterioration and potentially avoidable morbidity. Recent reports show that patients admitted to hospital suffer cardiac arrests at a rate between 0.66 and 11.2 per 1000 admissions,1,2 and the approximately 80% mortality rate due to in-hospital cardiac arrests has not changed since the description of cardiopulmonary resuscitation more than 50 years ago.3,4
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