Do LTACs Benefit ICU Patients?

So, this interesting study explores the efficacy of LTACs in the post-hospitalization survival rates of ICU patients. Essentially, the gist of the matter is that older patients with lots of comorbids don’t have a very high survival rate a year after hospital discharge, despite LTAC utilization. Probably not too surprising, given the acuity level of the patients studied. The study did not include patients coming from non-ICU care, although such patients are cared for in LTACs.

However, the question of whether LTACs serve as a more cost-effective method of delivering care to patients and families not ready to give up and die is asked, but not well explored. It would be interesting to see a study delineating survival rates only for non-DNR/DNI patients utilizing LTACs.

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