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Reinhardt, L.* ; Bernhard, M.* ; Hainer, C.* ; Hofer, S.* ; Weitz, J.* ; Bruckner, T.* ; Weigand, M.A.* ; Martin, E.* ; Popp, E.*

Innerklinische Notfälle in einer chirurgischen Universitätsklinik.

In-hospital emergencies at a surgical university hospital.

Chirurg 83, 153-162 (2012)
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BACKGROUND: Emergency treatment and resuscitation within hospitals are managed by so-called medical emergency teams (MET). The present study examined the circumstances, number, initial treatment and further hospital course of in-hospital emergency cases at a level 1 university hospital. METHODS: A retrospective study of in-hospital emergencies on the surgical wards of a university hospital including all non-intensive care areas from January 2007 to June 2010 was carried out. A self-developed documentation protocol which was introduced in 2006 was used by the MET to document general patient characteristics and details of the emergency treatment. These data included the place where the emergency situation arose, the patient's assignment to a surgical discipline, a detailed description of the emergency situation, the effectiveness of basic life support measures as well as the further hospital course of the patient. RESULTS: A total of 235 emergency cases were documented within the study period of 3.5 years. The frequency of in-hospital emergencies was 4/1,000 admitted patients per year. Cardiac arrest was encountered in 31,5%. Out of all patients 54,5% were admitted to an intensive care unit. CONCLUSION: The tasks of a MET at a surgical university hospital go beyond mere cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Emergency cases within the full spectrum of perioperative complications are encountered. Further multicenter studies with standardized protocols are required to analyze the management of German in-hospital emergencies.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0009-4722
Quellenangaben Band: 83, Heft: 2, Seiten: 153-162 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Berufsverband der Deutschen Chirurgen
Institut(e) Institute for Pancreatic Beta Cell Research (IPI)