Utility of Illness Severity Scoring for Prediction of Prolonged Surgical Critical Care Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Critical Illness
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Length of Stay
  • Severity of Illness Index


  • The development of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome is a powerful predictor of a prolonged ICU course in critical surgical illness, even in survivors. Increased risk of a prolonged stay in the ICU plateaued at 21 days, making 21 days an appropriate definition of prolonged care for future studies. Predictive models should account for organ dysfunction and very long stays in future estimations. The combined use of APACHE III and the multiple organ dysfunction score may provide improved prediction of a prolonged stay in the ICU, but further enhancements are needed before prediction of outcome in individual patients is reliable.

publication date

  • April 1996



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 8614028

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 513

end page

  • 8; discussion 518-9


  • 40


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