A Columbia University comparison of ICUs in the U.S. and the U.K. found patients in Britain are sicker, have been hospitalized longer and are more likely to be on a ventilator when admitted to a unit while U.S. patients were more likely to come directly from the emergency department. The report by the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine also found mortality rates were higher for U.K. patients, even after accounting for illness severity.

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