Severity scoring systems and the prediction of outcome from intensive care.
Severity scoring systems are tools that provide a predicted mortality for a group of intensive care unit patients on the basis of derangement of their physiology and some past medical history. This predicted mortality can then be compared with the actual mortality to give some indicator of the effectiveness of the package of care delivered by the intensive care unit, corrected for differences in case-mix. Thus, their primary use is in audit, and they are designed for use on large populations ...Expand abstract
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