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Table 1 The eight main indications for intensive care unit treatment and the number of patients in each group at the start and after 18 months

From: Cost of intensive care in a Norwegian University hospital 1997–1999

  Start (n = 1051) 18 months (n = 640)
Acute cardiovascular failure 155 73
Acute respiratory failure 266 161
Acute renal failure 14 11
Multitrauma 120 98
Postoperative 47 32
Central nervous system 278 165
Gastrointestinal 123 63
Other reason 48 37