Distribuzione e appropriatezza dei ricoveri ed utilizzo di risorse nelle unità di terapia intensiva cardiologica italiane. Lo studio BLITZ-3

Translated title of the contribution: Distribution and appropriateness of admissions and use of resources in the Italian cardiac intensive care unit. The BLITZ-3 study

Luigi Oltrona Visconti, Giampaolo Scorcu, Matteo Cassin, Gianni Casella, Alessandra Chinaglia, Maria Rosa Conte, Giuseppe Fradella, Donata Lucci, Aldo Pietro Maggioni, Salvatore Pirelli, Francesco Chiarella

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Background. The BLITZ-3 study prospectively evaluated the epidemiology of hospital admissions, the patterns of care and the most important comorbidities in intensive cardiac care unit (ICCU) patients. Methods. Distribution and level of appropriateness of hospital admissions in relation to type of ICCU were analyzed (type A, 32%, without cardiac cath lab or cardiac surgery; type B, 49%, with cath lab; type C, 19%, with both cath lab and cardiac surgery). The caseload was estimated on the basis of different levels of mortality risk during the ICCU stay: high (>5.1%), intermediate (0.7-5.1%), low (&λε;0.7%). Results. A total of 6986 consecutive patients admitted to 332 ICCUs were enrolled. A median number of 19 patients (interquartile range 15-26) was admitted to each center during the 14 days of enrollment; 28% of the ICCUs admitted more than 25 patients, 48% between 15 and 25, and 24% less than 15. A higher number of type A ICCUs admitted less than 15 patients (p

Translated title of the contributionDistribution and appropriateness of admissions and use of resources in the Italian cardiac intensive care unit. The BLITZ-3 study
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalGiornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Distribution and appropriateness of admissions and use of resources in the Italian cardiac intensive care unit. The BLITZ-3 study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this