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Critical events in intensive care unit

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Author(s): Kaur Mohandeep | Pawar Mridula | Kohli Jasvinder | Mishra Shailendra

Journal: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN 0972-5229

Volume: 12;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 28;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Critical events | intensive care unit | outcome | reporting

ABSTRACT
This prospective study was designed to have an insight into critical events occurring in the 13-bedded multidisciplinary intensive care unit (ICU) of our hospital and to report the critical events to evaluate the avoidable/iatrogenic problems so as to improve patient outcome and keep a self-check in the ICU. The errors reported were due to wrong mechanical or human performance. Repeated performance errors of the same kind pointed to the problem area, to which was paid proper attention in the required manner. Some malfunctioning equipments were abandoned and the need for adequate availability of staff was emphasized. Reporting of critical events was done keeping the patients′ and doctor′s identities anonymous through a proforma designed to report the event.
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