Which patients should be monitored, how should they be monitored, and why should they be monitored?

John Kellett*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Intensively monitoring severely ill patients is like placing a smoke alarm in a burning building: it makes no sense. Smoke alarms only makes sense if they are placed in buildings before a fire starts, or after a fire has been extinguished in order to make sure it does not start again. Therefore, logic suggests that it is more important to monitor sick patients with normal vital signs in order to detect any deterioration as early as possible, or AFTER a severe illness in order to ensure they do not relapse, and it is safe for them to be discharged from hospital and return home.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAcute Medicine
Volume18
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)208-209
ISSN1747-4884
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Critical Illness
  • Humans
  • Monitoring, Physiologic

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