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Characteristics and Risk Factors of Trauma Patients Readmitted to the ICU Within the Same Hospitalization

Johns, Tracy J. MSN, RN, CPHQ

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000023

There is little evidence about the characteristics and outcomes of unplanned intensive care unit (ICU) readmission for adult trauma patients. This retrospective study examined the characteristics, risks factors, and outcomes for trauma patients with and without ICU readmission. With 5 years of data, 1117 patients met inclusion criteria for the study. Patient characteristics for readmission included increased age and diabetes, while identified risk factors included increased time between injury and ICU admission, admission from surgery or outside hospital, higher Injury Severity Score, along with glucose, albumin, and lower Glasgow Coma Scale values on the day of ICU discharge.

Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, Georgia.

Correspondence: Tracy J. Johns, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Medical Center of Central Georgia, 777 Hemlock St, MSC 103, Macon, GA 31201 (

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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