Outcome of long-stay intensive care patients

M. Hughes, F. N. MacKirdy, John David Norrie, I. S. Grant

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)779-782
    Number of pages3
    JournalIntensive Care Medicine
    Volume27
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Keywords

    • critical care
    • length of stay
    • outcome
    • MECHANICAL VENTILATION
    • SURGICAL PATIENTS
    • PROLONGED STAY
    • ICU
    • UNIT

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    Hughes, M., MacKirdy, F. N., Norrie, J. D., & Grant, I. S. (2001). Outcome of long-stay intensive care patients. Intensive Care Medicine, 27(4), 779-782. https://doi.org/10.1007/s001340100896