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Lung patients denied treatment

2nd November 2007

New research has suggested that patients with chronic lung disease are being denied intensive care treatment because doctors are too pessimistic about their chances.

The British Medical Journal study of 800 patients admitted to intensive care to help them breathe found survival rates were higher than doctors predicted but it also found that patients may not be admitted when they would benefit from treatment.

The study across 92 intensive care units in the UK found that 62% of patients who were intubated were alive 180 days later despite doctors fearing less than half would survive that long.

 

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