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Recently, Provenzano et al1 found that an electronic tool collecting real-time clinical information directly from frontline providers was both feasible and useful to evaluate inpatient deaths.
These findings concur with our evaluation of the preventability of death using a simple electronic evaluation tool in our 46-bed adult intensive care unit (ICU).
From September 2010 to September 2011, an email was sent to the attending intensivist each time a patient died in our intensive care including two questions: “Was this death preventable? If yes, what was the cause of preventability?” The definition of preventable …
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