LACE: A New Medical Device that Can Help Save Lives

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An amazing new device is on the horizon that will help doctors determine who will be readmitted to the hospital after 30 days of discharge, or who may possibly die. This new devise can potentially save lives by predicting the severity of the illness at the time of discharge. The Canadians doctors who developed the devise with they call LACE maintain that the device will be able to predict which patients are at the highest risks for complications and possible death and that in turn will predict which patients are going to need more support and medical care.

Dr. Carl van Walraven of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute studied the effectiveness of the device with 5,000 mostly middle-aged patients suffering from acute coronary syndromes, cancer complications, and heart failure. The research was conducted among 11 different Ontario hospitals from 2012 to 2016.

The research showed that 8 percent of the patients had died or were readmitted to the hospital within a month. Of that group of 8 percent, 9.4 percent of them had been unexpectedly readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after their initial discharge. Taking this info into consideration, the researchers were able to come up with a mathematical formula to predict in advance what kind of patients would be the most critical patients upon the initial release.

The acronym LACE: length of stay ("L"), acuity (how severe the symptoms are) of admission ("A"), comorbidities (other health issues)("C") and number of visits to the emergency room ("E"), are the factors which are being measured to determine the risk of re admittance to the hospital or death within one month of the original hospital discharge. Patients will get a score up to 19 and the higher the score the greater the risk.

The details of the full study were published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Doctors, clinicians, and other medical personal can determine the support needed for each patient after being initially discharged from the hospital. How this medical help is determined can be: follow up visits, education and medical post care instruction, networking, home care, follow up phone calls, whatever it takes to give to save lives.

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