Long-term survival after surgical intensive care admission: 50% die within 10 years
© Timmers et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 13 March 2009
ICU treatment of surgical patients comes along with major disadvantages that have to be justified by an acceptable short-term and long-term outcome. Short-term effects of ICU treatment have been well documented, but this is the first study to describe the long-term effect in a large cohort after surgical ICU admission on survival.
Of all surgical patients admitted to the ICU of a single hospital between 1995 and 2000, patient characteristics, disease category, APACHE II score and survival were prospectively registered. A continuous follow up until 6 to 11 years after discharge was achieved.
Survival after ICU treatment follows distinct patterns in which age, gender, surgical diagnosis and APACHE II score are independent determinants. A negative effect of an ICU stay appears to be long lasting.
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