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Date:9/30/2009

survival, but that lesson is sometimes forgotten in current cost-cutting times, Pronovost said.

"We may have slipped a bit in that area because the workload is often quite high," he said.

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SOURCES: Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor, anesthesiology and critical care medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore; Oct. 1, 2009, New England Journal of Medicine


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