Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Insufficient Medical Attention in Intensive Care Units in Small Hospitals

A National Intensive Care Evaluation has shown that patients hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of a small hospital have less chance to survive than in a big hospital. Nova (Dutch television program) recently dedicated a program to this topic, during which it became clear that these hospitals usually keep their patients in the Intensive Care Unit too long. They would be better served in larger hospitals, which are better equipped, have greater knowledge and more specialized personnel. Two hundred fifty people die unnecessarily every year due to inferior medical attention in the smaller hospitals.

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