Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients with Prolonged Stays in an Intensive Care Unit
Isil Kose 1 * , Ciler Zincircioglu 1, Yasemin Kilic Ozturk 1, Nimet Senoglu 1, Rıza Hakan Erbay 2
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1 Izmir Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey.
2 Pamukkale University, Faculty of Medicine, Denizli, Turkey.
* Corresponding Author

Abstract

Objective:
To determine the characteristics and outcomes of patients with prolonged stay in a tertiary-care ICU.

Method:
Electronic database records of patients 18 years or older and hospitalized in the ICU from March 2010 to March 2013 were enrolled. Age, gender, main reason for ICU admission, length of mechanical ventilation and ICU stay, in-hospital and one year mortality were noted.

Results:
Electronic database records of patients 18 years or older and hospitalized in the ICU from March 2010 to March 2013 were enrolled. Age, gender, main reason for ICU admission, length of mechanical ventilation and ICU stay, in-hospital and one year mortality were noted.

Conclusion:
Patients with a prolonged ICU stay constituted a small percentage of all ICU admissions but they proportionally used many more ICU bed days than short-stay patients. The mortality of prolonged ICU stay patients was very high. Very few survivors were living independently at one year. Thus, development of intermediate care units, palliative care and home care services are emerging necessities, to decrease the LOS in ICUs.

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Article Type: Original Article

https://doi.org/10.15197/ejgm.1546

Eur J Gen Med, 2016 - Volume 13 Issue 2, pp. 127-133

Publication date: 06 Apr 2016

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