Intensive Care Med (2017) 43:1430–1432 DOI 10.1007/s00134-017-4804-2 LE T TER Mortality rate is higher in Polish intensive care units than in other European countries 1* 2 3 4 1,5 Wojciech Weigl , Jan Adamski , Paweł Goryński , Andrzej Kański and Michael Hultström © 2017 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg and ESICM Dear Editor, The literature review has not identified any countries To date, little is known about ICU performance in with mortality rates approaching those found in Polish Poland. Many European countries routinely collect ICU ICUs in any other large cohort. However, international data, but there are few reports from central Europe [see comparisons contain inevitable bias caused by variations Electronic Supplementary Material (ESM)]. Previous in structural designs, differences in terminology, and in studies reported exceptionally high mortality rates and case-mix . ICU bed and critical illness definitions dif - lengths of stay (LOS) in selected Polish ICUs [1, 2]. To fer widely among countries and affect how outcome is determine if these results were representative of all Polish reported . Some registries defined ICU beds widely, ICUs, we analyzed data from all ICUs using the largest including specialized ICUs like cardiac surgery and burn health database in Poland (ESM). These data
Intensive Care Medicine – Springer Journals
Published: May 8, 2017
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