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Critical care outreach team's effect on patient outcome: More information is needed

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 05 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:347
  1. Michael R Parker, consultant in intensive care medicine (
  1. Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9WL

EDITOR—The average hospital mortality in patients admitted to intensive care units in England is 30%, of which around 8% occurs after discharge from intensive care.1 In the study by Ball et al the retrospective control group had a median predicted hospital mortality of 20.4%, and yet 19% died after discharge from intensive care.2 No details …

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