Refusal of intensive care unit admission due to a full unit: impact on mortality.

@article{Robert2012RefusalOI,
  title={Refusal of intensive care unit admission due to a full unit: impact on mortality.},
  author={R Robert and Jean Reignier and Caroline Tournoux-Facon and Thierry Boulain and Olivier Lesieur and Val{\'e}rie Gissot and Vincent Souday and Mouldi Hamrouni and C{\'e}cile Chapon and Jean-Paul Gouello},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={185 10},
  pages={1081-7}
}
RATIONALE Intensive care unit (ICU) beds are a scarce resource, and patients denied intensive care only because the unit is full may be at increased risk of death. OBJECTIVE To compare mortality after first ICU referral in admitted patients and in patients denied admission because the unit was full. METHODS Prospective observational multicenter cohort study of consecutive patients referred for ICU admission during two 45-day periods, conducted in 10 ICUs. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS Of… CONTINUE READING
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