Articles  |   July 2016
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Articles   |   July 2016
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ASA Monitor 07 2016, Vol.80, 42.
ASA Monitor 07 2016, Vol.80, 42.
According to a multicenter observational study on the diagnostic yield and safety of computed tomography (CT) scans for patients transported from the intensive care unit (ICU), which of the following is most likely true?
A recent prospective, observational cohort study in three hospital ICUs sought to determine the diagnostic yield of CT scans and the safety of patients during IHT for CT. All consecutive adult patients receiving diagnostic CT scans from January 2012 to November 2013 were included in the study and 533 CT scans were analyzed to see if the presumed diagnoses matched the results from CT scans.
There was full agreement with the presumed diagnoses in only 40.7 percent of CT scans, and new diagnostic elements were found in 22.9 percent of cases. In 36.4 percent of cases, there was no diagnosis made by the CT scan. The scan results did, however, change management in 54.4 percent of the patients within three days; when new diagnostic elements were discovered during the CT scan, it led to a change in therapy for 68.9 percent of these patients.
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