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Predicting survival in cardiac arrest patients admitted to intensive care using the Prognosis After Resuscitation score
© Porter et al. 2011
- Published: 1 March 2011
- Intensive Care Unit
- Cardiac Arrest
- Hospital Discharge
- Critical Care
- Local Service
Developed from meta-analysis in 1992, the Prognosis After Resuscitation (PAR) score consists of seven, relatively straight-forward to calculate, variables with scores greater than 5 predicting nonsurvival . The aim of this evaluation was to assess PAR scoring as a means of predicting nonsurvival of post-cardiac arrest patients admitted to the general intensive care unit (ITU) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (STH).
Over the 8 years of review of our data we have only identified four patients where ongoing care was both appropriate and successful despite a PAR score greater than 5. We believe that these patients should have been admitted regardless of the PAR score due to the underlying pathology. The PAR score is an invaluable screening tool in justifying the decision not to admit a patient in whom it is felt critical care is not justified. However, caution must be used as the PAR score should be an aid to clinicians rather than the sole factor deciding appropriateness of critical care admission.
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