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Admission Criteria:"Critically ill surgical patients suffering from failure of one or more vital systems either as a result of their primary disease process or accompanying disease processes, or due to complications stemming from these disease processes, or the surgical procedures performed to correct such disease processes and requiring intensive hemodynamic invasive/physiologic monitoring and support are candidates for admission the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)."


Comparing Nosocomial Infection Rates Among Surgical Intensive-Care Units: The Importance of Separating Cardiothoracic and General Surgery Intensive-Care Units:"Among surgical intensive-care units (ICUs), we assessed differences in risk-adjusted nosocomial infection rates between cardiothoracic (CT) and general surgery ICUs, using National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance data from 1987 to 1995."


Does HIV Status Influence the Outcome of Patients admitted to a Surgical Intensive Care Unit? A Prospective double blind Study:"This is a study from South Africa looking at the mortality and morbidity of the HIV positive patients when they are admitted to the surgical intensive care unit compared to the HIV negative patients. The study was mainly done to see if HIV positive status should be used as a criteria for exclusion of patients from intensive care unit."


Having the Right Hospital Roommate Can Speed Recovery from Heart Bypass Surgery, Study Finds:"WASHINGTON -- For some people facing coronary bypass surgery, the prospect of having to share a hospital room might fill them with as much fear and loathing as the surgery itself. But a new study in the November edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association (APA), found that bypass surgery patients who shared a room with another cardiac patient -- especially one who had already had the same surgery --were less anxious, more ambulatory after surgery and were released from the hospital sooner than those who had had either a roommate with a different medical condition or no roommate at all."





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