The cohort had an overall crude mortality rate of 21%. Factors associated with mortality included shock, SOFA score on Day 1 and direct admission. Comorbidities and specific SRD characteristics were not associated with survival. The investigators found that direct admission to the ICU was, however, associated with significantly reduced mortality, and the authors concluded their paper by suggesting that patients with SRD may have improved outcomes if they are admitted directly to the ICU.
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