Intensive Care Unit Admission and Discharge Criteria

  • Paul Ellis Marik

Abstract

The advanced life support technology that can be provided in the ICU is intended to provide temporary physiologic support for patients with potentially reversible organ failure or dysfunction. In general, only patients who have a reasonable prospect of recovery should be treated in the ICU. The merits of each potential ICU admission should be assessed on an individual basis, taking the following factors into account:
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    The patient’s wishes or advance directives regarding life-support treatment

     
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    The patient’s underlying disease(s) and physiologic function

     
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    The severity and reversibility of the patient’s acute condition

     

Keywords

Ischemia Titration Pancreatitis Hunt Dition 

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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Ellis Marik
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  1. 1.Critical Care MedicineMercy Hospital of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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