Admission Patterns and Outcome in an Adult Medical Intensive Care Unit in Benghazi

Original article


Ragab B M Roaeid; Imhemed Elgazwi; Khadija B El-Sharef; Amina El- Bash ; Hatem A E1-Fageh

7th October Teaching Hospital, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine,Garyounis University

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 22, No.1. 2005:61-66


Background: Data on Adult Medical Intensive Care Unit (AMICU) utilization in Libya are scarce.
Objectives: To report patterns of admission, mortality and causes of death of patients admitted to AMICU at 7th October teaching hospital.
Study design: A prospective study.
Material and methods: All AMICU admissions during one year Aug 2001-Jul 2002.
Results: Of all 3493 medical admissions, 527 (15.1%) were admitted to AMICU (M 284, F 243) and 56 (10.6 %) had multiple admissions. Mean age was 56.6 y (15-92y) and 232 (44%) were 60 y. Three-hundred two (57.3%) came from hospital emergency room, and 319 (60.5%) had multiple medical problems. Stroke was the main indication for admission in 137 (25.9%), sepsis in 87 (16.5 %), acute poisoning 69 (13.0%), disorders of air way obstruction 66 (12.5%). Ventilatory support was performed in 78 (14.8%). Mean length of stay was 4.3 days. There were 209 deaths (39.7%), mortality was higher among patients 60 (59.0%) than other age groups(p