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Higher Intensivist Staffing Levels Linked to Fewer ICU Deaths
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Staffing hospital intensive care units with more intensivists resulted in fewer in-hospital deaths and lower lengths of both hospital and ICU stays when compared with having fewer intensivists.

But no improvements in mortality or length of stay were seen with staffing the ICU with intensivists at night, an expensive and difficult task for most hospitals because such certified specialists are in extremely short supply across North America.

Those are the conclusions from a meta-analysis study by Toronto researchers who analyzed 52 observational cohorts in North America treated over more than 50 years, or about 331,222 patients.