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”


      • 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


      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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