Report highlights wide variations in intensive care

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:420

Health authorities in Britain have been instructed to review their use of intensive care services after a government report found wide variations in both the number of intensive care beds and the type of patients admitted.

The report, based on a study conducted in May and June of 1993 by the health promotion sciences unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, concluded that one in six referrals to intensive care were “inappropriate.”

The report highlights uneven distribution of intensive care units (ICUs) around the country, …

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