Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
SOUSA, Cleber Ricardo de et al. Predictors of nursing workload in elderly patients admitted to intensive care units. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.2, pp. 218-223. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692008000200008.
The age of patients is a controversial issue in admission to intensive care unit (ICU). The aim of this study was to compare severity and nursing workload of elderly patients with 60-69, 70-79, and e"80 years of age and to identify predictors of nursing workload in elderly patients. A cross sectional study was performed with a sample of 71 elderly patients admitted to three ICU in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil from October to November 2004. Data were prospectively collected using Nursing Activities Score (NAS) and Simplified Acute Physiology Score II (SAPS II). There was no significant difference in nursing workload among the elderly patients age subgroups (p=0.84). Multiple regression analysis indicated that the independent risk factors of high nursing workload were severity, age e"70 years, and to be a surgical ICU patient. Age as an isolated factor should not be discriminative for elderly patients admission to ICU.
Keywords : intensive care units; elderly; workload; nursing.