Monday, December 15, 2008

Drink, drugs and ICUs

People with drug and alcohol problems already cost the health service a significant amount of money and now researchers in Salt Lake City have found that they are more likely to end up staying in an ICU as well. The researchers carrying out the study looked at the medical records of 742 patients admitted to the intensive care unit at Salt Lake City's LDS Hospital. The study found that 19% of them had a history of drug and alcohol dependence prior to being admitted; twice the rate of the general population. The patients with drug and alcohol dependence were, on average, six years younger than the rest of the ICU patients.

You can find out more about this study by clicking on the link in the title of this post.

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