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Ir J Med Sci. 2010 Sep;179(3):405-8. doi: 10.1007/s11845-010-0498-y. Epub 2010 May 28.

Alcohol-related admissions to an intensive care unit in Dublin.

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Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, St James's Hospital, Dublin 6, Ireland. mikemckenny@eircom.net

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Excessive alcohol consumption is ingrained in Irish society and is known to have significant adverse health consequences, including adverse outcomes for critically ill patients. Previous assessments of alcohol-related intensive care unit (ICU) admissions were felt to have underestimated the scale of this problem.

AIMS:

A study was designed to objectively measure alcohol-related ICU workload.

METHODS:

We prospectively recorded the number of patients who were admitted to St James's Hospital ICU as a result of alcohol misuse during a 6-month period in 2008. Admission diagnosis, Acute physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation Score 2 (APACHE 2), ICU length of stay and 30-day mortality were recorded.

RESULTS:

The study group occupied 16.7% of the total available ICU bed-days, experienced longer stays and higher mortality.

CONCLUSION:

This study adds to the data available on the scale of alcohol-related problems amongst Irish healthcare system patients. Prioritisation of primary preventative strategies is necessary.

PMID:
20509003
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-010-0498-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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