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Intermediate care units and their role in medical wards

Published:August 08, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2017.08.005

      Highlights

      • Intermediate Medical Care Units are essential tools in the monitoring and treatment of clinically unstable patients at risk of organ failure.
      • IMCU allow earlier hospital discharges of stable ICU patients, reduce the need of ICU readmissions and reduce patients mortality.
      • Due to the strict admission criteria of the ICUs, many patients are refused and intermediate care may present as the missing piece of this puzzle.

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