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Referral to intensive care units should not be limited to consultants

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 21 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:520
  1. C M Danbury, specialist registrar in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine (
  1. Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Princess Margaret Hospital, Swindon SN1 4JU

    EDITOR—In their article in the ABC of Intensive Care on criteria for admission, Smith and Nielsen state that early referral improves the chances of recovery.1 They later state that patients should be referred by the most senior member of staff responsible for the patient (that is, the consultant) and that this job should be delegated to more junior medical staff only if clear guidelines …

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