Patients who receive intensive care services are very different in the US than in the UK, according to a study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Researchers analysed excluding surgical admissions, patients younger than 16 years, and readmissions to ICU during the same hospital stay.
They found the degree of illness of the patients prior to admission was strikingly different.
Patients admitted to the ICU in the UK were sicker patients who had been in the hospital longer, and many more were mechanically ventilated.
- Wunsch H, et al. Comparison of medical admissions to intensive care units in the United States and United Kingdom. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011; Advance online publication.