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Interventions to circumvent intensive care access block: a retrospective 2-year study across metropolitan Melbourne

Helen E Stark, Chris N Maxwell and Robert W Gibberd
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (5): 292.
Published online: 7 September 2009

To the Editor: Duke and colleagues recently reported the excess mortality and extra bed-days caused by intensive care access block in metropolitan Melbourne.1 Access block is an important patient safety issue, and we report here additional data that support their results.

  • Helen E Stark1
  • Chris N Maxwell1
  • Robert W Gibberd2

  • 1 Performance and Outcome Services, Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Health Services Research Group, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW.

Correspondence: hstark@achs.org.au

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