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Fillers Transferring patients

Times have changed

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:936
  1. John H Turney, consultant renal physician
  1. Leeds

    A few moments of peace while awaiting the arrival of a critically ill patient allowed reflection on the changes in the way that patients have been transferred between hospitals. Leeds General Infirmary has provided haemodialysis for patients with acute renal failure since 1956 and the records of this continuous series of several thousand patients have been preserved, providing a wealth of detailed information, not confined to purely medical matters. Because of the scarcity of dialysis facilities—virtually none at all in the early days of …

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