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Real-time information on preventable death provided by email from frontline intensivists: results in high response rates with useful information
  1. L Marjon Dijkema,
  2. Frederik Keus,
  3. Willem Dieperink,
  4. Iwan C C van der Horst,
  5. Jan G Zijlstra
  1. Department of Critical Care, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to L Marjon Dijkema, Department of Critical Care, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, PO box 30001, 9700 RB, The Netherlands; l.m.dijkema{at}umcg.nl

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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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