Dr. Ghali said that the work is "merely a case study of how cardiac care was affected by a single hospital closure in a single city." Results, he said, can't be generalized. But they are supported by a 1993/1994 Winnipeg study that found mortality rates of patients admitted for heart attacks (and cancer surgery and hip fractures) didn't go up after hospitals there cut beds by 22.6%.
As in Calgary, Winnipeg hospitals maintained the number of procedures they had performed before bed closures by introducing shorter hospital stays. The Winnipeg researchers further established that these shorter stays don't compromise patient care because they couldn't find any correlation between shorter stays and readmission rates.
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