Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 179, Issue 3, pp 405–408

Alcohol-related admissions to an intensive care unit in Dublin

Authors

    • Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive CareSt James’s Hospital
  • S. O’Beirne
    • Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive CareSt James’s Hospital
  • C. Fagan
    • Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive CareSt James’s Hospital
  • M. O’Connell
    • Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive CareSt James’s Hospital
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11845-010-0498-y

Cite this article as:
McKenny, M., O’Beirne, S., Fagan, C. et al. Ir J Med Sci (2010) 179: 405. doi:10.1007/s11845-010-0498-y

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.

Keywords

Alcohol misuseIntensive care unitMortalityLength of stayBed-days

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© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2010