Ethics & Organization in Critical Care & Emergency Medicine
Trends in ICU admission and outcome in octogenarians
R Daling*, JE Tulleken, JG Zijlstra, W Dieperink
*Corresponding author: R Daling
Intensive Care Adults, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, Netherlands
F1000Posters 2013, 4: 92 (poster) [English]
Poster [308.95 KB]
NVIC Nederlandse Intensivistendagen (Dutch Society of Intensive Care Meeting) 2012, 8 - 10 Feb 2012, P000
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
As the elderly population in developed countries is growing in both absolute and proportional terms, the mean age of patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) is expected to increase. It is questioned whether and when ICU care is beneficial for elderly patients, and we should develop a policy.
The proportion of admissions of octogenarians increased during the study period. Nevertheless, ICU mortality of those over 80 remained stable. Especially thoracic surgery patients: fewer than 80 appear to have low ICU mortality. Mortality of elective admissions was significantly lower than of emergency admissions.
Further prospective study is necessary to establish predictors of ICU mortality in critically ill elderly and to determine which group of elderly patients can benefit from advanced ICU care.
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