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Predicting outcome at the bedside: the surgical intensive care unit: optimal mobility score
  1. Anne C Mosenthal
  1. Department of Surgery, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Anne C Mosenthal
    UMDNJ-NJMS, Surgery, 185 S. Orange Ave, MSB G506, Newark, NJ 07103, USA; mosentac{at}

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Commentary on: Kasotakis G, Schmidt U, Perry D, et al. The surgical intensive care unit optimal mobility score predicts mortality and length of stay. Crit Care Med 2012;40:1122–8

Implications for practice and research

  • A simple outcome prediction tool that can be used at the bedside in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) by all members of the critical care team.

  • More research is needed to validate this tool in other SICU populations and determine how it can be used to inform clinical decision–making.


The science of predicting outcomes in the intensive care unit (ICU) has long been the subject of debate. The hope of developing a prognostication model based on data that could be used to support clinical decision-making has not been realised. Many models are used to stratify …

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