Hospital-level variation in the development of persistent critical illness

Patients with persistent critical illness may account for up to half of all intensive care unit (ICU) bed-days. It is unknown if there is hospital variation in the development of persistent critical illness and if hospital performance affects the incidence of persistent critical illness.. In the analysis of 100 hospitals which encompassed 153,512 hospitalizations, 4.9% (N = 7640/153,512) developed persistent critical illness. There was variation in the … Continue reading Hospital-level variation in the development of persistent critical illness

Dose-Response Association of Low-Intensity and Nondaily Smoking With Mortality in the United States

An increasing proportion of US smokers smoke at low intensity and not every day. Some nondaily smokers have always had this pattern, whereas others previously smoked daily. The effect of reducing the level of smoking from daily to nondaily smoking and the dose response at low smoking levels are poorly understood.. ..Among 505 500 participants (aged 18-103 years), approximately 47 000 deaths occurred. The median number of … Continue reading Dose-Response Association of Low-Intensity and Nondaily Smoking With Mortality in the United States