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Changes in very older person admissions to an ICU over a decade
© Connelly et al. 2011
- Published: 1 March 2011
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care
- Care Support
- Hospital Mortality
- Electronic Database
The UK population is getting older and consequently our attitudes, together with the number of very older person admissions to critical care, may be changing . We therefore reviewed admissions aged 80 or over (very older people) to our ICU and compared this with 10 years ago.
Retrospective data collection was completed for all patients admitted to our ICU for a 12-month period starting in August 2009, and a comparable 12-month period starting August 1999. Data were retrieved from an electronic database of ICU admissions.
Mortality of very older patients by specialty at ICU/hospital discharge
Emergency surgical (%)
Elective surgical (%)
1999 to 2000
2009 to 2010
Changes in population demographics are reflected in our critical care by an increase in the number of very older person admissions. The ICU mortality was higher in this group compared with 10 years ago. One possible explanation is the marked increase in emergency admissions. This may reflect an increased willingness to refer the very older patient for critical care support.
- Office for National Statistics 2010 Population Estimates[http://www.statistics.gov.uk]
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