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Survival and quality of life after tracheostomy for acute respiratory failure in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
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PMID:  20655697     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory failure (ARF) is a common event in the advanced stage of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and may be rarely a presenting symptom. Frequently, such patients require intubation and mechanical ventilation (MV) and, in a large proportion, receive tracheostomy, as a consequence of weaning failure. In our study, we investigated postdischarge survival and quality of life (QoL) after tracheostomy for ARF in patients with ALS.
METHODS: Design: This study is a retrospective chart review combined with prospective evaluation of QoL and degree of depression. Setting: The study was conducted in an adult, respiratory intensive care unit in a university hospital. Patients: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients with tracheostomy for ARF between January 1, 1995 and April 30, 2008 were investigated. Intervention and measurements: (a) A retrospective chart review was used and (b) prospective administration of the 11-item short-form Life Satisfaction Index (LSI-11) and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) questionnaires to survivors, at least 1 month after discharge from hospital, was performed.
RESULTS: Sixty patients were studied retrospectively. None of the patients died in the hospital after tracheostomy. Forty-two patients (70%) were discharged completely MV dependent, and 17 patients (28.3%) were partially MV dependent. One patient (1.6%) was liberated from MV. The median survival after tracheostomy was 21 months (range, 0-155 months). The survival rate was 65% by 1 year and 45% by 2 years after tracheostomy. Survival was significantly shorter in patients older than 60 years at tracheostomy, with a hazard ratio of dying of 2.1 (95% confidence interval, 1.1-3.9). All 13 survivors completed the LSI-11 and BDI. The mean (SD) cumulative score on the LSI-11 was 9.3 (3.6; range, 0-22; higher values indicating better QoL), similar to that obtained from a control group consisting of individuals with ALS who had not received tracheostomy (9.3 ± 4.3) and to that reported for persons in the general population. Only 15% of the tracheostomized patients (2/13) were severely depressed, according to BDI; 11 of 13 patients reported a positive view of tracheostomy and said that they would want to undergo this procedure if they could make the decision again.
CONCLUSIONS: Patients with ALS have a high chance of long-term survival after tracheostomy for ARF. Although administered at the time of a respiratory crisis without being discussed in advance, tracheostomy shows good acceptance and results in acceptable QoL.
Andrea Vianello; Giovanna Arcaro; Arianna Palmieri; Mario Ermani; Fausto Braccioni; Federico Gallan; Gianni Soraru'; Elena Pegoraro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-07-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of critical care     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1557-8615     ISO Abbreviation:  J Crit Care     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8610642     Medline TA:  J Crit Care     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  329.e7-329.e14     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Respiratory Intensive Care Unit, City Hospital of Padova, Padova 35128, Italy.
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