Journal article

A comparison of characteristics and outcomes of patients admitted to the ICU with asthma in Australia and New Zealand and United states

Hussam Abdelkarim, Matthew Durie, Rinaldo Bellomo, Christoph Bergmeir, Omar Badawi, Khaled El-Khawas, David Pilcher



Objective: To compare the characteristics, use of invasive ventilation and outcomes of patients admitted with critical asthma syndrome (CAS) to ICUs in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), and a large cohort of ICUs in the United States (US). Methods: We examined two large databases of ICU for patients admitted with CAS in 2014 and 2015. We obtained, analyzed, and compared information on demographic and physiological characteristics, use of invasive mechanical ventilation, and clinical outcome and derived predictive models. Results: Overall, 2202 and 762 patients were admitted with a primary diagnosis of CAS in the ANZ and US databases respectively (0.73% vs. 0.46% of all ICU admissions, P < 0.0..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was initiated at The ANZICS Critical Care Datathon in Melbourne in March 2017. The event was sponsored by Philips, Alfred Health, Austin Health, University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, BD2K CCC, Fisher & Paykel, MISTI & IBM Cloud. None of the above had any role in design, conduct, or reporting of the study.