Devdiscourse
Development News Edition
Give Feedback
write for Us

Nursing notes may tell whether ICU patients will survive

Sentiments in the nursing notes of health care providers are good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive, a study has found.


PTI Canada
Updated: 16-07-2018 17:16 IST
Nursing notes may tell whether ICU patients will survive

The researchers used the large publicly available intensive care unit (ICU) database, Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care III, containing patient data between 2001 and 2012. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sentiments in the nursing notes of health care providers are good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive, a study has found.

Hospitals typically use severity of illness scores to predict the 30-day survival of ICU patients, according to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

These scores include lab results, vital signs, and physiological and demographic characteristics gathered within 24 hours of admission.

"The physiological information collected in those first 24 hours of a patient's ICU stay is really good at predicting 30-day mortality," said Joel Dubin, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

"But maybe we shouldn't just focus on the objective components of a patient's health status. It turns out that there is some added predictive value to including nursing notes as opposed to excluding them," said Dubin.

The researchers used the large publicly available intensive care unit (ICU) database, Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care III, containing patient data between 2001 and 2012.

The dataset used in the analysis included details about more than 27,000 patients, as well as the nursing notes.

The researchers applied an open-source sentiment analysis algorithm to extract adjectives in the text to establish whether it is a positive, neutral or negative statement.

A multiple logistic regression model was then fit to the data to show a relationship between the measured sentiment and 30-day mortality while controlling for gender, type of ICU, and simplified acute physiology score.

The sentiment analysis provided a noticeable improvement for predicting 30-day mortality in the multiple logistic regression model for this group of patients.

There was also a clear difference between the patients with the most positive messages who experienced the highest survival rates and the patients with the most negative messages who experienced the lowest survival rates.

"Mortality is not the only outcome that nursing notes could potentially predict. They might also be used to predict readmission, or recovery from infection while in the ICU," said Dubin.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

COUNTRY : Canada

POST A COMMENT