Who Needs Intensive Primary Care?

Kenneth Lin

First published 2/24/11 on Common Sense MD

In almost every large hospital in this country, there are at least two types of patient beds: regular and intensive care. Intensive care beds are designed for the sickest of the sick – patients who require continuous monitoring, specialized respiratory or cardiovascular support, the most knowledgeable consultants, the most powerful drugs. Intensive care units (ICUs) have long been accepted as a necessary innovation in inpatient care, leading to better outcomes for patients than would have otherwise occurred if they were treated with a hospital’s “ordinary” resources.

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