Study: Delayed ICU Transfer Associated with Increased Mortality Rates

Delayed transfer to the intensive care unit increases mortality rates in hospitalized patients, according to a study to be presented at the 2013 American Thoracic Society International Conference.  

Researchers examined outcomes among 2,166 patients transferred from medical-surgical wards to the ICU following a critical Cardiac Arrest Risk Triage Score.


Of the patients transferred to the ICU within 6 hours of the critical CART score, 27 percent died during admission. Of the patients transferred more than 6 hours after, 45 percent died.

Researchers determined that for every hour the ICU transfer is delayed, the risk of mortality increases by 7 percent.

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