Predicting length of stay for acute medical admissions using the ALICE score: a simple bedside tool

Daniel Wilding, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth, UK, Kate Evans, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth, UK
2017 Acute medicine  
Early identification of patients likely to have a short admission permits best use of limited resources to facilitate rapid discharge where possible. The ALICE score is a simple bedside tool developed in one hospital as a decision aid. This study sought to confirm its widespread applicability. Method: Retrospective review of 250 consecutive admissions at five acute hospitals. Clinical records were reviewed for a total of 1003 patients. ALICE score was calculated for each patient and compared to
more » ... LoS data. Results: There was a statistically significant positive correlation between rising ALICE scores and increasing length of stay irrespective of final diagnoses. Conclusion: The ALICE score provides a simple bedside tool to predict length of stay.
doi:10.52964/amja.0656 fatcat:luhgbrf2nzdubowilmnuuwv4dq