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Coronary Care Unit in a General Medical Ward

Br Med J 1969; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5655.502 (Published 24 May 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;2:502
  1. P. C. Reynell

    Abstract

    A five-bedded coronary care unit has been set up within a general medical ward without the provision of extra medical or nursing staff. During 30 months 1,000 patients were admitted. Sixty-three developed cardiac arrest; 28 were resuscitated successfully initially; and 18 were eventually discharged. The corresponding figures for the 28 patients with ventricular fibrillation treated by direct current defibrillation were 20 and 12 respectively. The mortality rate during the first three days (the usual length of stay in the unit) was 8·9% compared with 9·7% after transfer to the general ward. It is suggested that these results are comparable with those from more highly staffed purpose-built units.

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