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The risks and rewards of expanding ICU capacity

UNSPECIFIED (2012) The risks and rewards of expanding ICU capacity. Critical Care, 16 (5). ISSN 1364-8535

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Abstract

ICU capacity strain is associated with increased morbidity and lost hospital revenue, leading many hospitals to increase the number of ICU beds. However, this approach can lead to inefficiency and waste. A recent report in Critical Care highlights a different approach: creating new service lines for low-risk patients. In this case, the authors started a post-anesthesia care unit with an intensivist-led care team, resulting in lower hospital costs with no changes in ICU mortality. Although this type of change carries some risks, and will not work for every hospital, it is an example of the creative solutions hospitals must sometimes undertake to maintain the supply of critical care in response to a rising demand. © 2012 BioMed Central Ltd.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Date: 21 September 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Care
Volume: 16
Number: 5
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1186/cc11491
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1364-8535
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 18:25
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2019 00:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/29832

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