Contributor: Nick Tsipis, MD
- Communication proves time and time again to be most helpful in preventing surprises after patient admission
- Frequent re-evaluations and repeat vital signs can be important to evaluating a patient’s risk for deterioration once admitted as well as selecting the proper level of care at admission
- Broad categories of patients who most commonly have a change in condition after admission are septic patients and those admitted for respiratory complaints
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Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD