Bed numbers. Inadmissible evidence.

McPherson, K; Metcalfe, A; (2000) Bed numbers. Inadmissible evidence. The Health service journal, 110 (5698). pp. 26-7. ISSN 0952-2271

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Little research has been done on the number of intensive care beds the UK needs, and provision varies widely across the country. There is no indication of systematic under-provision of intensive care unit beds in the UK. There is confusion about appropriate referrals and admissions. Research suggests that with the current number of beds there are 2,100-2,500 avoidable deaths a year. But it is unclear how many of these would be avoided by providing extra beds.

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