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Acutely ill patients at risk in 30 “isolated” hospitals

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:8
  1. Ann McGauran
  1. London

    Acutely ill patients in at least 30 so called “isolated” hospitals throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are being put at increased risk because of the absence of critical care facilities or anaesthetic cover.

    In total, almost 60 hospitals take acute medical admissions without having the full range of services needed to treat them.

    A survey of those hospitals conducted by a working party from the Royal College of Physicians concluded that those lacking critical care and diagnostic services should be reconfigured to provide intermediate or “step-down” care. Patients should be allowed to transfer there only after they have …

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