Volume 11 Supplement 2
Intensive care of the elderly in Finland
© BioMed Central Ltd. 2007
Published: 22 March 2007
The population is ageing. We wanted to find out how age affects resource consumption and outcome of intensive care in Finland.
We analysed data on 79,361 admissions to 26 Finnish ICUs during the years 1998–2004. We measured the severity of illness with SAPS II scores and the intensity of care with TISS scores.
Age group (years)
The hospital mortality rate increased with increasing age. The mean intensity of care and length of ICU stay were lower for the oldest patients than for patients <80 years old. The ageing of the population will probably cause a remarkable increase in the need for intensive care.