admission criteriaThe basis for selecting target population for a clinical trial. Participants/subjects must be screened to ensure that their characteristics match admission criteria, and that none of their characteristics match any single one of the exclusion criteria set up for the study.
Admission CriteriaEBM Criteria that form the basis for selecting target subjects for a clinical trial. Subjects must be screened to ensure that their characteristics match a list of admission criteria and that none of their characteristics match any single one of the exclusion criteria set up for the study.
Medspeak Criteria for hospital admission. A generic term for objective criteria, often based on guidelines from a college that a doctor uses to determine whether a patient with a particular condition should be admitted to hospital.
Management of Congestive Heart Failure—CHF Guideline
A patient with CHF should be admitted to hospital if any of the following are present:
• Respiratory distress (respiratory rate >40/minute) or pulmonary oedema (by radiograph)
• Hypoxia (oxygen saturation <90%)
• Anasarca or significant oedema (≥+2)
• Syncope or hypotension (systolic blood pressure ≤80 mm Hg)
• CHF of recent onset (no past history of CHF)
• Evidence of ischaemia (chest pain symptoms)
• Inadequate social support for outpatient management
• Failure of outpatient management
• Concomitant acute medical illness
Modified from Graff L et al. Correlation of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research congestive heart failure admission guideline with mortality: Peer Review Organization Voluntary Hospital Association Initiative to Decrease Events (PROVIDE) for CHF. Ann Emerg Med 1999;34:429-37.