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ICU Use Associated with More Invasive Procedures, Higher Costs

August 9, 2016

(Medical Xpress) – A study of four common medical conditions suggests hospitals that used intensive care units (ICUs) more frequently were more likely to perform invasive procedures and have higher costs while showing no improvement in mortality, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. The potential clinical implications of overusing ICU care, along with its high costs, have made improving the value of ICU care an imperative for the U.S. health care system. However, variability exists in ICU utilization among hospitals because of a lack of clear-cut guidelines for ICU admission and differences in hospital resources, policies and culture.

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