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Unplanned Transfers -- Opportunity for a Prevention Intervention

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Background: An adverse event (AE) is defined as an unintended, iatrogenic injury or complication, resulting in prolonged hospitalization, death, or disability. AEs are thought to affect roughly 9.2% of patients during hospital admission; in Belgium, this number was noted to be 6.3% to 7.1% in 2000. Unplanned ICU admissions (UIAs) and transfer to a higher level of care are a form of AE. Discovering and averting preventable AEs is important to patient safety. Objective: To determine more...
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