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Fierce Healthcare: Study asks how accurate ICU doctors, nurses are at prognostics

Predictions of long-term survival and functional outcomes influence decision making for critically ill patients, yet little is known regarding their accuracy. Michael Detsky, Scott Halpern and colleagues from the FIELDS Program at CHIBE conducted a study that included five intensive care units (ICU’s) and patients who spent at least three days in the ICU and required mechanical ventilation, vasopressors, or both. The patients’ attending physicians and bedside nurses were also enrolled. Physicians were more accurate in predicting the likelihood of death and less accurate in predicting cognitive abilities in six months for critically ill intensive care unit (ICU) patients; nurses’ predictions were similar or less accurate, according to their study.

Read more: Fierce Healthcare, Health Management, Medical Xpress

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