Is it possible to quickly identify acutely unwell patients who can be safely managed as outpatients? The need for a “Universal Safe to Discharge Score”

Published: 24 July 2019
Author(s): John Kellett, Christian H. Nickel, Niclas Skyttberg, Mikkel Brabrand
Issue: July 2019
Section: Letter to the Editor

If scores or algorithms were developed that quickly identified patients who are bound to have 100% survival, if even only for a few days, more patients could be safely discharged from emergency department, this eliminating the risks of hospitalization for many patients. This hypothesis proposes that it is possible to develop a “Universal Safe to Discharge Score”, and suggests how it might be developed and validated.