MIT study: ICU tools plus more ER care reduce mortality

An MIT study found hospitals that spend money using ICU tools and providing more staff to provide care in their emergency departments have lower mortality rates. MIT economist Joseph Doyle, in a study published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, said that broader use of ICU tools and services and having more medical staff in the ER is expensive but that an increase of about $4,000 per patient in hospital expenditures leads to a 1.4 percentage-point decrease in mortality.

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