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. 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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Alcohol-related Admissions to an Intensive Care Unit in Dublin

M McKenny et al. Ir J Med Sci. .

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.

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