Medical Practice

Multipurpose Intensive Care Unit in a District General Hospital

Br Med J 1973; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5873.227 (Published 28 July 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;3:227
  1. A. R. Tanser,
  2. B. G. Wetten

    Abstract

    The advantages of a four-bedded purpose-built general intensive care unit in a district general hospital are described. In addition to 1,447 inpatients treated between January 1968 and December 1971 the unit was used to conduct outpatient investigations. This has filled an important gap in conventional arrangements, and is practical and economical. The unit has proved to have advantages, not only for seriously ill patients but also has benefited the hospital in other ways. It has been of material assistance in recruiting and training nursing and medical staff and has been welcomed and supported by patients and their relatives. It has also attracted practical support from voluntary organizations whose generosity has enabled much additional equipment to be purchased.

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