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VOLUME 25 , ISSUE 12 ( December, 2021 ) > List of Articles

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Clinico-demographic and Outcome Predictors in Solid Tumor Patients with Unplanned Intensive Care Unit Admissions: An Observational Study

Amit M Narkhede, Harish K Chaudhari, Ujwal Dhundi, Satish Sarode, Jigeeshu Divatia

Keywords : Critically ill patients, Hospital mortality, Medical admissions, Solid organ malignancy, Unplanned admissions

Citation Information : Narkhede AM, Chaudhari HK, Dhundi U, Sarode S, Divatia J. Clinico-demographic and Outcome Predictors in Solid Tumor Patients with Unplanned Intensive Care Unit Admissions: An Observational Study. Indian J Crit Care Med 2021; 25 (12):1421-1426.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24052

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 17-12-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Objectives: Critically ill solid organ malignancy patients admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) as unplanned medical admissions behave differently from other subsets of cancer patients (hematolymphoid malignancies and cancer patients admitted for postoperative care). These patients if appropriately selected may benefit from the ICU care. There is paucity of data on critically ill unplanned admissions of solid organ malignancies from South Asia. We analyzed data of patients with solid tumors with unplanned admissions to the ICU to determine the clinical, epidemiological characteristics, and predictors of hospital mortality in an Indian ICU. Materials and methods: This prospective, observational study was done in our 14-bedded mixed medical–surgical ICU from July 2014 to November 2015. We included all consecutive adult unplanned admissions with solid organ malignancies having ICU stay of >24 hours. Surgical admissions, hematolymphoid malignancies, advanced malignancy with no treatment options, and those cured of cancer >5 years were excluded. Results: Two hundred and thirty-five consecutive patients were included in this cohort. ICU and hospital mortalities were 36.6 and 40%, respectively. On multivariate analysis, cancer status [odds ratio (OR): 3.204; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.271–8.078], invasive mechanical ventilation (OR: 5.940; 95% CI: 2.632–13.408), and sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score on the day of ICU admission (OR: 1.199; 95% CI: 1.042–1.379) were independent predictors of hospital mortality. Conclusion: Acute respiratory failure and septic shock are the common reasons of unplanned ICU admission for patients with solid organ malignancies. With good patient selection, more than half of such patients are likely to be discharged alive from the hospital.

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