Critically III Surgical Patients Followed in a Medical Intensive Care Unit/Bir Dahili Yogun Bakim Unitesi’nde Izlenen Kritik Cerrahi Hastalar (Original Investigation/Ozgun Arastirma) (Report)
Introduction Postoperative patients, especially when elderly and with co-morbidities, may have high hospital mortality rates (1). These patients may require intensive care unit (ICU) admission during their follow-up. Additionally, patients in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) can develop surgical complications during their ICU stay. A multidisciplinary team that recognizes the complications promptly can help to decrease the mortality rate and offer high quality intensive care (2). It has been shown that ICU based medical emergency care after major surgery is associated with lower complications and mortality rates (3). Use of a rapid response system and a medical emergency team was shown to increase the 1500-day rates of survival from 65.8% to 71.6% (p=0.001). The ratio of death was 0.77 during the medical emergency team intervention period (3).