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Blog posts about avoidable errors and high costs
1 MAY, 2014 Lack of honesty about end of life Profits put before patients outcomes Intensive Care death A conflict of interest between large profits from performing acute surgery and patients with end of life conditions, can lead to terrible outcomes. An elderly man...
23 FEBRUARY 2017 Intensive Care Research New models of care Last night Peak 15 held their first meetup for 2017 at the Alfred Medical Education and Research Precinct. The topic was The Bits ‘n’ Bytes of IntensiveCare: Data That Matters! The first speaker was David...
Convergency Science Network and HealthTech promote Australian Health Startups.
Sometimes keeping people comfortable and dignified, is better than aggressive medical intervention that has a small chance of success.
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.