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Is age a predictor of mortality in medical high-dependency units?
© Hood et al. 2011
- Published: 1 March 2011
- Final Model
- Functional Status
- Home Care
- Medical Patient
- Medical Diagnosis
The population aged >65 years is set to rise by 32% by 2033. As resources are limited, difficult decisions regarding access to high-dependency care for the older person will become increasingly important. The aim of this study was to determine whether age is a predictor of mortality in patients admitted to an open medical high-dependency unit (MHDU).
A prospective observational cohort study of 100 consecutive patients admitted to a MHDU with a medical diagnosis over a 3-month period. The primary endpoint was 30-day mortality.
Age does not predict outcome from MHDU. Patients requiring ≥2 organ support and/or higher levels of preadmission home support had higher mortality. Selected elderly medical patients can be expected to have outcomes comparable with younger patients and should not be denied MHDU care.
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