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Borderline pneumonia patients may benefit from intensive care, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5017 (Published 24 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5017
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Admission of older, low risk patients with pneumonia to intensive care is associated with reduced mortality without a considerable increase in costs, research published in JAMA has shown.1 The researchers said that the findings contradicted moves to reduce intensive care unit (ICU) admissions to contain healthcare costs.

Observational studies have previously shown that greater use of ICUs does not achieve better outcomes, but those results …

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