SESSION TITLE: Heme and infection ICU
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Slide
PRESENTED ON: Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
PURPOSE: Gastrointestinal bleeding accounts for more than 300,000 hospital admissions per year. The mortality for such cases is about 5%-12%. Close to 50% of all patients diagnosed with an acute GI Bleed were inappropriately admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Furthermore, only 19%-28% of all GI bleed patients experience complications that warrant ICU interventions. 20%-30% of all hospital costs are attributed to the ICU. Inappropriate admission to the ICU results in a longer hospital stay, unnecessary cost burden and utilization of scare ICU resources. There is no universal consensus admission criteria for those patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding that warrant ICU admission as opposed to general medical floor admission. The goal of our study was to determine if the Glasgow Blatchford Score (GBS) could be used as an ICU admission criteria as well as which GBS factors were surrogates for hemodynamic instability.