High dependency units may be the answer

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6985.1010c (Published 15 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1010
  1. D W Ryan
  1. Director of intensive therapy Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN

    EDITOR,—During the 24 hours in which a patient was moved from London to Leeds for intensive care1 I admitted two patients from the region and also had a request from a major London teaching hospital. In an immediate crisis, whether it is a road accident or a leaking aortic aneurysm, I believe that the specialist centre has a duty to initiate treatment there and then. It will be some hours before a bed in an …

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