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Table 1 Fulfilment of the Appropriateness Evaluation Protocol criteria by 3,050 subjects admitted to the medical admission units

From: The characteristics and prognosis of patients fulfilling the Appropriateness Evaluation Protocol in a medical admission unit; a prospective observational study

  n (%)
Surgery or other procedure in 24 hours requiring 12 (0.4%)
1. General/regional anaesthesia; and/or  
2. Equipment or other facilities only for inpatients  
Vital signs monitoring at least every 2 hours 336 (11.0%)
Intravenous medication and/or fluid replacement 1,451 (47.6%)
- medication 954 (31.3%)
- fluid replacement 497 (16.3%)
Observation for toxic reaction to medication 225 (7.4%)
Continuous or intermittent (at least every 8 hours) respiratory assistance 178 (5.8%)
Severe electrolyte or blood gas abnormality 381 (12.5%)
Acute loss of sight or hearing 0 (0.0%)
Acute loss of ability to move any body part 0 (0.0%)
Persistent fever > 38.0°C for more than 5 days 98 (3.2%)
Active bleeding 2 (0.1%)
Wound dehiscence or evisceration 0 (0.0%)
Pulse rate 96 (3.1%)
Blood pressure 363 (11.9%)
Sudden onset of unconsciousness 117 (3.8%)
ECG evidence of acute ischemia 92 (3.0%)
Total 1,889 (61.9%)
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