General characteristics and costs of terminal-stage patients in a medical intensive care unit Bir dahili yoğun bakım ünitesindeki terminal dönem hastaların genel özellikleri ve maliyetleri


Aygencel G., TÜRKOĞLU M.

Journal of Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine, vol.5, no.1, pp.1-4, 2014 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/dcbybd.2014.683
  • Journal Name: Journal of Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-4
  • Keywords: Terminal-stage patient, intensive care unit, cost, outcome, palliative care
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

© 2014 AVES Ibrahim Kara. All Rights reserved.Objective: The purpose of this study is to determine the general characteristics and costs of terminal-stage patients in a medical intensive care unit (ICU). Material and Methods: Eighty-three patients, admitted to a medical ICU in a university hospital between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2013, were included in the study. General characteristics, intensive care processes, outcomes, and costs of the patients were examined. Results: Eight percent of patients admitted to the ICU during the study period were terminal-stage patients. The median age was 63 years, 52% of patients were male, and 77% of patients were terminal-stage cancer patients. Despite full support therapy, only 4.8% of the patients were discharged. The median cost was 2841 TL, and the total cost was 581,353.2 TL. Conclusion: It is costly to treat terminal-stage patients in acute care centers, as in intensive care units. In our country, it is also necessary to develop a palliative care system for this group of patients.