In this observational study of a large neuroscience ICU, researchers found the risk of readmission to the ICU was higher if patients were sent out on days of high patient influx. They found the odds of readmission was 5 times higher (CI 2.5-10.2) on days when patient influx was >10 a day (vs <9 a day). Although intuitive, this study quantifies the risk of ICU readmissions when patients are discharged during times of rapid influx (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.