Prognostic value of a modified surprise question designed for use in the emergency department setting
OPEN Clinical and experimental emergency medicine | 5 Apr 2019
SA Haydar, TD Strout, AG Bond and PK Han
Few reliable and valid prognostic tools are available to help emergency physicians identify patients who might benefit from early palliative approaches. We sought to determine if responses to a modified version of the surprise question, “Would you be surprised if this patient died in the next 30 days” could predict in-hospital mortality and resource utilization for hospitalized emergency department patients.
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