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Critical events in intensive care unit

Mridula Pawar, Mohandeep Kaur, Jasvinder Kaur Kohli, Shailendra Mishra

Keywords : Critical events, intensive care unit, outcome, reporting

Citation Information : Pawar M, Kaur M, Kohli JK, Mishra S. Critical events in intensive care unit. Indian J Crit Care Med 2008; 12 (1):28-31.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.40947

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-03-2008

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2008; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


This prospective study was designed to have an insight into critical events occurring in the 13-bedded multidisciplinary intensive care unit (ICU) of our hospital and to report the critical events to evaluate the avoidable/iatrogenic problems so as to improve patient outcome and keep a self-check in the ICU. The errors reported were due to wrong mechanical or human performance. Repeated performance errors of the same kind pointed to the problem area, to which was paid proper attention in the required manner. Some malfunctioning equipments were abandoned and the need for adequate availability of staff was emphasized. Reporting of critical events was done keeping the patients′ and doctor′s identities anonymous through a proforma designed to report the event.

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