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Dissociation of mortality at high levels of overcrowding (the death plateau)
  1. D Mountain
  1. University of Western Australia, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia
  1. Dr D Mountain, University of Western Australia, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia; david.mountain{at}health.wa.gov.au

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I read the article by Gilligan et al1 with interest but was very surprised initially at their lack of association of “boarding” with increased mortality. I note in the discussion that they compared their findings with those of Richardson2 and stated that they did not find a similar outcome. I would suggest that there are a number of reasons why this study did not find similar findings to Richardson2 or Sprivulis et al,3 who found strong correlations between admission during overcrowded periods and death …

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