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Blog posts about avoidable errors and high costs

Statistics indicating major trends

  • By what percent has the use of Intensive Care beds doubled for people over the age of 80, in the past 10 years? – Australia 100%
  • What percent of people over the age of 80 are currently in Intensive Care beds? – Australia 12%
  • What percent of people over the age of 80 are expected to be in Intensive Care beds if current trends continue, by 2030? Australia 25%
  • What percent of Intensive Care patients, did Doctors feel received treatment that was futile – USA study 10%
  • What percent of all health costs is now spent on Critical Care Services? – USA 20%
  • What percent of patients died shortly after being in an Intensive Care Unit – USA study 20%

A brief summary

Major problems to avoid

 

  • Keeping elderly frail people in Intensive Care beds is financially unsustainable, and produces a painful and undignified end of life experience.
  • Innovative alternatives such as home Intensive Care Services are being blocked by medical associations, hospital management and health bureaucrates.
  • The decision on who will actually benefit from an Intensive Care bed and who will not, is not being made in a consistant and outcomes based manner.

Positive things to seek out

 

  • A growing number of home Intensive Care services are becoming available, from Australia to German and India.
  • Technology is allowing off-site, real time monitoring of Intensive Care patients.
  • End of life issues are now being raised by Doctors, the media and health organisations.

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