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INTENSIVE CARE: About 14% of adult inpatients

How many patients receive intensive care?  In this study of 2006 data for 90 hospitals with critical care admissions in Maryland and the State of Washington, 14 percent of patients over age 18 received intensive care and 86 percent did not.  These findings were based on an analysis of just over 1 million admissions.  The use of intensive care was found to vary widely between hospitals.

Source: Seymour, C.W., and others.  Hospital-level variation in the use of intensive care.  HSR. Health Services Research;47(5):2060-2080, Oct. 2012.  Click here for the publisher’s website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01402.x/abstract Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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