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Is it possible to quickly identify acutely unwell patients who can be safely managed as outpatients? The need for a “Universal Safe to Discharge Score”

      Highlights

      • Can patients who do not need hospital admission be reliably identified?
      • This paper discusses the possibility of developing a “Safe to Discharge” Score.
      • The collection of bedside data that is current, complete and correct will be needed

      Abstract

      If scores or algorithms were developed that quickly identified patients who are bound to have 100% survival, if even only for a few days, more patients could be safely discharged from emergency department, this eliminating the risks of hospitalization for many patients. This hypothesis proposes that it is possible to develop a “Universal Safe to Discharge Score”, and suggests how it might be developed and validated.

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