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Population Trends in Intensive Care Unit Admissions in the United States Among Medicare Beneficiaries, 2006-2015.

Weissman GE, Kerlin MP, Yuan Y, Gabler NB, Groeneveld PW, Werner RM, Halpern SD


October 15th, 2018

Appears In

Annals of Internal Medicine

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Admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) is costly and strains health system resources. Accurate estimates of population-level ICU admission rates could aid in disaster planning, training a suitable critical care workforce, and targeting policy interventions to reduce admissions that are low-value or discordant with patient preferences. This study aims to overcome limitations of prior estimates of ICU use by evaluating nationally representative data and examining geographic differences in admission incidence.

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