Journal article

Long-stay patients in Australian and New Zealand intensive care units: demographics and outcomes.

Tim ME Crozier, David V Pilcher, Michael J Bailey, Carol George, Graeme K Hart

Crit Care Resusc | Published : 2007


AIM AND METHODS: There is no consensus definition on what constitutes a long stay in the intensive care unit, and little published information on the demographic characteristics, resource usage or outcomes of long-stay patients. We used data from the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Adult Patient Database to identify patients who had spent > 21 days in the ICU. We examined their resource usage, hospital type, diagnoses and outcomes, and trends in these characteristics over 5 years (2000-2004). RESULTS: 6,565 patients (2.3% of all ICU patients) had one or more admissions > 21 days and accounted for 23% of total ICU bed-hour usage. Long-stay patients had a mean (SD) age of 60...

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