kiss of death test

A slang term for any clinical or lab test which, when positive, infers a poor prognosis and may presage a patient’s demise

'kiss of death' test

Critical care A sobriquet for any clinical or lab test which, when positive, infers a poor prognosis and may presage a Pt's demise
Kiss of death test
Delta osmolality > 40 mosm/mL
Lactate levels > 10 mEq/L
'LDH6' An abnormal LDH band that migrates cathodic to the usual LDH isoenzymes–85% mortality
Multifocal atrial tachycardia–43% mortality
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