Longterm Outcome of Critically III Elderly Patients

Chelluri and colleagues reported long-term outcomes in critically ill patients aged 65 years and older, comparing those aged 75 years and older to those aged 65-74 years [17]: 97 patients were studied, 54 aged 75 years or older and 43 aged 65-74 years. Hospital mortality and mortality at one year did not differ between the two groups (39 vs. 40% and 63 vs. 58%, respectively). Neither did length of stay, hospital charges, and follow-up quality of life assessments. These authors concluded that age alone is not an adequate predictor of long-term survival and quality of life in critically ill elderly patients.

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