Letters Flu questions and answers

Flu’s impact on intensive care

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d640 (Published 01 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d640
  1. Julian Bion, dean1,
  2. Timothy Evans, vice dean1,
  3. Bob Winter, president2
  1. 1Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, London WC1R 4SG, UK
  2. 2Intensive Care Society, London WC1R 4SG, UK
  1. T.Evans{at}rbht.nhs.uk

O’Dowd’s report on the response to the winter flu surge does not mention the large impact the surge has had on intensive care units (ICUs),1 which responded to the crisis by rapidly increasing capacity through staff working additional hours and by adapting operating theatres and postoperative recovery units. Capacity for extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for the most …

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