Just four questions can identify which ER patients need prompt care

A simple decision tree may help physicians sort out which fuzzy complaints need immediate attention

By Bruce Bower, 12:07 PM June 19, 2014

BERLIN — A simple formula can help physicians identify which emergency room patients with vague complaints need rapid treatment.

Physicians at the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland asked psychologist Mirjam Jenny of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin to develop the diagnostic tool. The physicians had identified 88 signs of serious illness in 1,278 ER patients who had described nebulous problems.

From that data, computer learning programs sorted out 14 pieces of evid...

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