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Type: Journal article
Title: The survival of patients with not-for-resuscitation orders
Author: Li, J.
Yong, T.
Hakendorf, P.
Ben-Tovim, D.
Thompson, C.
Citation: QJM: an international journal of medicine, 2013; 106(10):903-907
Publisher: Oxford Univ Press
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1460-2725
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J.Y.Z. Li, T.Y. Yong, P. Hakendorf, D. Ben-Tovim, and C.H. Thompson
Abstract: Background: Studies have shown higher in-hospital mortality rates in patients with not-for-resuscitation (NFR) decisions. Long-term survival of these patients after their discharge from acute care is largely unknown as is communication of such decisions to primary care givers through letters or discharge summaries. Aim: To evaluate the in-hospital mortality and post-discharge survival of general medical patients with documented resuscitation decisions as well as the prevalence of these decisions being communicated to primary health care providers through discharge summaries. Design: Retrospective cross-sectional study. Methods: The medical records of 618 general medical patients admitted to an Australian tertiary referral teaching hospital between January and December 2007 were reviewed to determine the documentation of resuscitation decisions. Mortality rates in-hospital and up to 5 years post-discharge were assessed in relation to the nature of any resuscitation decisions. Communication of these decisions in the discharge summaries was also evaluated. Results: One hundred and thirty-six (22%) patients had resuscitation decisions documented of whom 91 (67%) did not want resuscitation (NFR). For this NFR group, the in-hospital mortality rate was 20%, and their cumulative 1- and 5-year mortality rates were 53 and 85%, respectively. Of the 112 patients with resuscitation decisions who survived to discharge, 104 of them (93%) had discharge summaries completed but only 9 (8.4%) had resuscitation decisions documented in those discharge summaries. Conclusion: Many general medical patients with a documented NFR decision survive beyond 1 year after their index admission. The rate of communication of resuscitation decisions in hospital discharge summaries is low.
Keywords: Humans
Resuscitation Orders
Patient Discharge
Medical Records
Hospital Mortality
Survival Rate
Retrospective Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
Rights: © The Author 2013
DOI: 10.1093/qjmed/hct120
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