Futile care in ICUs can be costly, study finds

09/10/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, reported that over a three-month period futile care provided by five ICUs in one health system cost about $2.6 million. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found intensivists said they thought the care they provided was futile about 11% of the time. Experts who commented on the study urged caution when analyzing the data and potential savings of reducing futile care because most ICU costs are fixed.

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