EURICUS-I also provided information on budgeting procedures in European ICUs. In a relatively large number of cases, ICU managers stated that there was no specific ICU budget. Only 29 out of a total of 89 ICUs reported the existence of an ICU investment budget. Budget control systems were reported in 37 ICUs. In 14 cases the system was developed by the ICU itself and not at the hospital level. These results suggest that a large number of European ICUs do not have the correct instruments for monitoring, analyzing, and steering the input of resources.
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