Healthcare rationing could see ‘unlawful deaths' from COVID-19, researchers claim

Current medical guidelines risk unlawful deaths of patients – with doctors, hospitals, and even the government potentially liable – if a second peak forces hard choices due to shortages of ventilators and other critical care resources.     

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: hospital covid-19 ethics law

Moderate exercise in middle and older age cuts time spent in hospital

Men and women aged 40–79 are at significantly lower (25–27%) risk of long or frequent hospital admissions if they do some form of physical activity, a new study suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: public-health hospital exercise ageing

Intensive care units in England could run out of beds within two weeks, study finds

Intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy is likely to increase dramatically over the next few weeks, suggests research published by a team at the University of Cambridge. Their work suggests that if the current exponential growth of COVID-19 infections continues, then within two weeks, five out of seven commissioning regions in England will have more critically ill COVID-19 patients than can be accommodated with ICU beds normally available. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: hospital covid-19 coronavirus national-health-service-nhs intensive-care

Admitting practices of junior doctors may be behind ‘weekend effect’ in hospitals, study suggests

Study links the ‘weekend effect’ of increased hospital mortality to junior doctors admitting a lower proportion of healthy patients at the weekend compared to weekdays.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 6, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: health medicine hospital

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