Objectives: To assess the numbers, characteristics and outcome for patients requiring longterm intensive care.
Design and setting: Observational cohort study in 23 Scottish intensive care units over a 3-year period.
Patients and participants: 323 patients with an ICU stay of 30 days or more.
Measurements and results: Although representing only 1.6% of patients, those with long stays occupied 15.7 % of bed-days. Hospital survival among these patients was 59.9 %. With the available data it was not possible to discriminate survivors from non-survivors.
Conclusions: Since these patients have a relatively high hospital survival, resources should not be withheld from them on the basis of prolonged ICU stay alone, even in countries with limited ICU provision.
- critical care
- length of stay
- MECHANICAL VENTILATION
- SURGICAL PATIENTS
- PROLONGED STAY