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The ICU “Golden Hour” vs Morning Admissions: Do They Compete?

Amado X. Freire, MD, MPH, FCCP; Jose C. Yataco, MD, FCCP
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Correspondence to: Amado X. Freire, MD, MPH, FCCP, Professor and Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 956 Court Ave, Room G-228, Memphis, TN 38163; e-mail: afreire@uthsc.edu

Affiliations: Drs. Freire and Yataco are affiliated with the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and The Regional Medical Center.


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;136(6):1449-1451. doi:10.1378/chest.09-1460
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The article in this issue of CHEST (see page 1489) by Afessa et al1 answers an important, precise, and clear question: do patients admitted to the ICU during morning rounds have a different hospital mortality rate than patients admitted during non-teaching round hours? The authors present a robust observation from a single academic institution identifying an association between ICU admissions during morning teaching rounds and increased severity-adjusted mortality.

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