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Glucose as an additional parameter to National Early Warning Score (NEWS) in prehospital setting enhances identification of patients at risk of death: an observational cohort study
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    Glucose as an additional parameter to National Early Warning Score (NEWS) in prehospital setting enhances identification of patients at risk of death: an observational cohort study.
    • Vicenç Ferrés-Padró, RN. PhD. Advanced Life Support Unit. Emergency Medical Service Sistema d'Emergències Mèdiques-SEM. Barcelona, Spain
    • Other Contributors:
      • Montserrat Amigó, RN PhD. Urgency Department Area.
      • Jordi Puiguriguer, MD. PhD. Toxicological Unit. Urgency Department
      • Santiago Nogué, MD. PhD. Clinical Toxicology Unit. Urgency Department Area

    Dear Editor,

    We have read with great interest the article by Vihonen et al, ‘Glucose as an additional parameter to National Early Warning Score in prehospital setting enhances identification of patients at risk of death: an observational cohort study’, recently published in your journal.(1)
    Traditionally, the scores published to assess the risk of mortality in patients attended in a prehospital setting, the predictive value of which had been questioned until recent studies, did not include the quantification of glycemia among the parameters analysed in the initial assessment of the patient.(2-4)
    Overlooking its systematic determination in the initial care of any critically ill patient represents an easily avoidable risk, due to its accessibility and to the ease in interpreting results in any setting. This shortcoming is especially relevant in the initial care of patients with acute poisoning, due to the limitations of the anamnesis and the need to establish a rapid and reliable differential diagnosis in patients with often complex and plural clinical symptoms.(5,6) In this regard, the prognostic value of glycemia as a biomarker in some acute, highly lethal levels of poisoning must also be taken into account.(7,8)
    In Catalonia, two studies undertaken by the Prehospital Medical Emergency Service in recent years have shown that only 30.1% of those poisoned by caustic products or 15.2% of the 1,930 people poisoned by carbon monoxide or smoke released f...

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