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Reported October 3, 2013

Busy ICUs Treat Patients More Efficiently

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – New research has found busy intensive care units (ICUs) treat and release patients quicker than they normally would without any adverse patient outcomes.

A study from the University of Pennsylvania dispelled the idea that ICUs will ration resources when competition for beds is high during their busiest times.  The analysis looked at over 200,000 patients from 155 ICUs from 2001 to 2008.  The results showed patients were discharged 6.3 hours earlier when ICUs were at their busiest, but they experienced no adverse health outcomes.  Researchers believe the strain of busy ICUs makes doctors ration low-value critical care for those who need it most.

For more information, go to: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2013/09/wagner/

SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine, October 2013

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