Rationing intensive care

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6991.1412b (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1412

Intensive care provision varies widely in Britain

  1. G B Smith,
  2. B L Taylor,
  3. P J McQuillan,
  4. E Nials
  1. Director, intensive therapy services Consultant in intensive care and anaesthesia Consultant in intensive care and anaesthesia Associate general manager, intensive therapy services Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3LY

    EDITOR,—D W Ryan believes that high dependency units will solve some of the problem of insufficient beds in intensive care units in Britain andsuggests that some elective admissions to intensive care units could be diverted to such a unit, thereby freeing beds.1 Indeed, the fact that roughly 42% of admissions to Ryan's unit are elective surgical cases might seem to support this view. Furthermore, the small number of patients whose operations were cancelled or who had to be transferred from the unit suggests that Newcastle might …

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