Too few ICU beds lead docs to switch patient goals

When hospitals have reduced intensive care unit beds available, physicians are more likely to deliver end-of-life care rather than life-saving care, according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Analyzing data on nearly 3,500 hospitalized patients with sudden clinical deterioration, researchers also found that a full ICU was linked to a decreased likelihood of patient admission within two hours, reported Reuters Health. However, researchers noted that hospital mortality did not vary drastically by ICU bed availability. Article

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