Journal article

Outcomes of older people receiving intensive care in Victoria

Graeme J Duke, Anna Barker, Cameron I Knott, John D Santamaria

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

UNLABELLED: OBJECTIVE To assess trends in service use and outcome of critically ill older people (aged ≥ 65 years) admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). DESIGN, PATIENTS AND SETTING: Retrospective cohort analysis of administrative data on older patients discharged from ICUs at all 23 adult public hospitals with onsite ICUs in Victoria between 1 July 1999 and 30 June 2011. Subgroups examined included those aged ≥ 80 years, major diagnosis categories, and those receiving mechanical ventilation. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Resource use and hospital survival; also length of stay (LOS) and discharge destination trends. RESULTS: Over 12 years, 108,171 people aged ≥ 65 years were admitted to ICUs; o..

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