Older patients less likely to receive care in the ICU

ORLANDO, Fla.--The older you are, the less likely you are to be cared for in an intensive care unit (ICU) during the course of a serious disease, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Orlando on May 24.

The study of more than one million Medicare beneficiaries nationwide found that a person over age 90 was one-third as likely as someone ages 68-70 of the same race, gender, income and illness category to receive care in an intensive or critical care unit.

"The concern this study raises is whether some older people are not getting care that might help them," said lead researcher Theodore Iwashyna, M.D., Ph.D., of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. "While previous studies have shown that older people are more likely to have 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders, it may be that physicians or family members assume that older people don't want aggressive care in general, and that may not be true. It also suggests that younger patients may be getting more aggressive care than they might really want." Treatment in an ICU appears to be just as effective for an 85-year-old as for a 65-year-old, Dr. Iwashyna noted.

For lung cancer patients, 47.6% of those aged 68-70 used critical care at some point, compared with only 25% of those ages 86-90 and 20.7% of those over age 90. This pattern was similar for all disease categories studied, including heart attack, stroke, hip fracture, congestive heart failure, leukemia and lymphoma. For heart attack patients, those ages 86-90 are 75% less likely to be cared for in an ICU compared with those ages 68-70; those over age 90 are 85% less likely to use an ICU than those 68-70. Stroke patients age 86-90 are 57% less likely to use critical care than those 68-70; those over 90 are 72.5% less likely to be cared for in an ICU than those in the 68-70 age group.

During the five-year period included in the study, 54.9% of the 1.1 million M

Contact: Jim Augustine, Bill Glitz or Cathy Carlomagno
American Thoracic Society

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Older women can benefit from chemotherapy to treat breast cancer
2. Older doctors less likely to follow current standards of care
3. Older people get the big picture faster, and they are less inhibited
4. Older people with the Alzheimers gene find it harder to remember to remember even if healthy
5. Older patients with chronic kidney disease are costly as they transition to dialysis
6. Older people recover from disabling events at higher rate than previously thought
7. Older people lose out all round in breast cancer treatment and care
8. Older patients need special attention in the dental chair
9. Older prostate cancer patients may face age bias
10. Older people and their homes
11. Older age of male partners makes young women more susceptible to HIV-1 infection

Post Your Comments:

(Date:5/26/2020)... ... May 26, 2020 , ... ... the availability of two leading RevSpring solutions—Talksoft® patient messaging and IVR Advantage™--for ... by engaging patients through automated and precise texts, IVR reminders and email ...
(Date:5/25/2020)... ... ... Winemaker Grant Long Jr. is introducing three Toilet Paper Reserve wines. “These ... these complicated times,” he said, in announcing the new wines. The wines are 2019 ... Red Wine Blend are sourced in the Napa Valley; the Grenache comes from the ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... 21, 2020 , ... Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc., a consolidated subsidiary ... today that Cigna has added ROMA® (Risk of Ovarian Malignancy Algorithm) to its ... to improving the health, well-being, and peace of mind of the customers they ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... , ... May 21, 2020 , ... ... at Home Order” will be lifted on May 28th and all businesses will ... for local companies returning back to work. , As an essential business, AmeriCare ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... May 21, 2020 , ... A new report ... Group, details over 90 companies involved in the point of care test industry. ... for preliminary testing, COVID-19 has made point-of-care more important than in the past, according ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/3/2020)... , ... June 03, 2020 , ... ... Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, which is a prerequisite to licensure as a ... $600,000 from an anonymous donor, Project Advance provides scholarship opportunities for frontline LPNs ...
(Date:6/3/2020)... ... 03, 2020 , ... Ridgecrest Healthcare, a skilled nursing ... CDP, ALFM-BC, as its new Executive Directory and Administrator. Villafranca assumes all the ... his career in healthcare in 1994 and has held various positions in senior ...
(Date:6/2/2020)... ... June 02, 2020 , ... Adoptive cell therapies have ... FDA approvals of two Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell (CAR-T) therapies in 2017. In ... receptor T-cells (TCR-Ts), Natural Killer (NKs) cells and Dendritic Cells (DCs). , In ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: