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The APACHE II (acute physiology and chronic health evaluation) is used widely for predicting probability of hospital mortality and length of stay in the ICU. APACHE II forms were available to all ICU residents within 24 hours of admission, and a score was assigned to them. Based on our results the APACHE II score has reliably predicted an outcome of the least amount of length of stay (LOS) in the ICU as well as a 100% probability of being shifted out of the ICU for a score of < 10 (according to international benchmarks). This reliable scoring system can be used for predicting mortality and length of stay and therefore, resource allocation, antibiotic use and ethical decisions regarding counseling families about end of life decisions--all within 24 hours of admissions.


Journal of Pakistan Medical Association