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Intensivists at night improve patient outcomes in some ICUs, says Pitt/UPMC team
Date:5/22/2012

chers sent follow-up surveys to those hospitals and received responses from 25, which included 49 ICUs and nearly 66,000 patient admissions.

Dr. Kahn and his colleagues found that patient mortality was lower in ICUs where an intensivist was available at night only if there was no intensivist heavily involved in care during the day. In ICUs where intensivists were on duty during the day, mortality was unaffected by the presence of intensivists at night.

"There is a huge opportunity to improve survival rates in some ICUs by bringing an intensivist on board at night," Dr. Kahn said. "However, there aren't enough of us to staff all the ICUs that need intensivists, so hospitals with a strong intensivist presence during the day like most academic medical centers should consider whether additional intensivist coverage is needed at night."


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Contact: Anita Srikameswaran
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University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
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