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The implications of long-term acute care hospital transfer practices for measures of in-hospital mortality and length of stay.

Authors
  • 1
  • 1 Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 4134 Bioinformatics Building, CB#7020, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
1535-4970
Publisher
American Thoracic Society
Publication Date
Volume
185
Issue
1
Pages
53–57
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201106-1084OC
PMID: 21940788
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

LTAC hospital transfer rate has a significant impact on reported mortality and LOS indices for patients requiring prolonged acute mechanical ventilation. This is an example of factors unrelated to quality of medical care or illness severity that must be considered when interpreting mortality and LOS as quality indicators.

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