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  1. Identification of futility in intensive care.

    Article - En anglais

    Rising costs of intensive care and the ability to prolong the life of critically ill patients creates a need to recognise early those patients who will die despite treatment.

    We used changes in a modified APACHE II score (organ failure score) to make daily predictions of individual outcome in 3600 patients. 137 patients were predicted to die and of these, 131 (95.6%) died within 90 days of discharge from hospital (sensitivity 23.4%, specificity 99.8%) ; a false-positive diagnosis rate of 4.4%. 2 of the 6 survivors have subsequently died but 4 are alive with good quality of life.

    Patients predicted to die stayed 1492 days in intensive care and incurred 16.7% of total intensive care expenditure and 46.4% of the cost of all patients that died.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Traitement, Soin intensif, Indication, Politique sanitaire, Analyse avantage coût, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Treatment, Intensive care, Indication, Health policy, Cost benefit analysis, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0024070

    Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 09/06/1995.