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Emergency Medical Minute


Dec 12, 2023

Contributor: Nick Tsipis MD

Educational Pearls:

  • The review article assessed 16.3 million patients across six states to identify those at high-risk for critical revisit

    • Criteria for critical revisit was ICU admission or death within three days of discharge from the ED

  • Critical revisits are extremely rare 

    • 0.1% of patients have a critical revisit after discharge

    • 0.00001% die after revisit

  • Of the patients that do experience critical revisits, the two major risk factors are

    • Asthma - relative risk 2.24

    • Chronic medical conditions - incidence rate ratio 11.03

  •  Of the top ten diagnoses that lead to critical revisits, 5 are respiratory

    • Others include cellulitis, seizures, gastrointestinal disease, appendectomy, and sickle cell crisis. 


1. Cavallaro SC, Michelson KA, D’Ambrosi G, Monuteaux MC, Li J. Critical Revisits Among Children After Emergency Department Discharge. Ann Emerg Med. 2023;82(5):575-582. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2023.06.006

Summarized by Jorge Chalit, OMSII | Edited by Meg Joyce & Jorge Chalit, OMSII