VIPs: Clinical frailty, survival and the ‘very elderly’ ICU patient

This study by Flaatten et al., looked at thirty day survival for very elderly patients admitted it ICU and was published in ICM just before Christmas.  Survival to 30 days decreased for all groups down the scale form not frail to vulnerable, to frail. Furthermore the impact of CFS on outcome was more than that of either age or SOFA score.

It is worth remembering that this study only  collected data on those admitted (not those who remained on the ward) and interestingly some 23% of patients didn’t receive any ITU specific treatment.

Do you routinely use a frailty scale as part of your assessment of ICU candidates for admission? This study would suggest CFS  could reliably predict a subgroup modem likely to die in 30 days.




I am a single speciality Intensive care Medicine trainee and member of the Intensive Care Society Council... originally from Ireland but trained and working in West Mids, UK. You say my name like ee-fa My notes are not medical advice. Please enjoy, comment, share and let me know your thoughts. Disclaimers: All my opinions are generally a work in progress and therefore subject to change - but then why would it be any other way? Views expressed on Whistlingdixie and Scribblingdixie blogs are not medical advice. My opinions and the content on either of these sites do not constitute the opinion of any of my employers, The Intensive Care Society or any other organisation I may be affiliated with.

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