Assessment of ICU readmission risk with the Stability and Workload Index for Transfer score.
J Bras Pneumol. 2014 Jan-Feb;40(1):73-6
Authors: Oakes DF, Borges IN, Forgiarini Junior LA, Rieder Mde M
Patient discharge from the ICU is indicated on the basis of clinical evidence and the result of strategies aimed at improving health care. Nevertheless, some patients might be discharged too early. We attempted to identify risk factors for unplanned ICU readmission, using a score for risk assessment, designated the Stability and Workload Index for Transfer (SWIFT) score. We evaluated 100 patients discharged from an ICU and found that the SWIFT score can be used as a tool for improving the assessment of ICU patients and the appropriateness of ICU discharge, thus preventing readmission.
PMID: 24626273 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]