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Checklist may improve quality measures in the surgical ICU

Key clinical point: A standardized checklist may improve quality measures in critically ill patients.

Major finding: Compared with standard management, use of a checklist was linked to significantly shorter hospital length of stay (23.9 vs. 9.5 days), shorter ICU length of stay (13.0 vs. 6.5 days), and fewer ventilator days (7.7 to 2.8 days).

Study details: Retrospective analysis of 200 consecutive patients admitted to the surgical intensive care unit.

Disclosures: Study authors reported no relevant relationships.


Akella K et al. CHEST 2019. Abstract. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.08.201.