Half of patients in intensive care receive suboptimal care

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1101
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Consultants need to be more available to supervise emergency medical admissions to improve the care of acutely sick patients, recommends a report.

    A study by the charity the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) shows that a quarter of patients who were admitted to intensive care units in England and Wales in one month in 2003 died. Nearly half of these patients received care that was judged to be less …

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