Medical Practice

Factors Affecting Admission to a Coronary Care Unit

Br Med J 1971; 4 doi: (Published 16 October 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;4:153
  1. Iain C. Gilchrist


    Of 103 patients with suspected myocardial infarction admitted to an intensive care unit in a general hospital half were admitted within four and a half hours of the onset of symptoms. In general, patients who attended the casualty department were under intensive care sooner than patients who sought attention from their general practitioner before admission. Patients who were seen by a locum from the emergency treatment service at night or weekends were more likely to remain at home until seen the next day by their own general practitioner, compared with patients seen by their own general practitioner initially.

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