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Restricted Analysis of Mortality in an Acute Care Facility of a Rural Hospital in Bengal, India

Pathak S, Bhattacharya D, Banerjee A, Azim S and Bhattacharya SK*
Glocal Hospital, Krishnanagore, Nadia, West Bengal, India
*Corresponding Author: Bhattacharya SK, Glocal Hospital, Krishnanagore, Nadia, West Bengal, India, Tel: 8697462003, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Aug 21, 2017 / Accepted Date: Aug 26, 2017 / Published Date: Aug 28, 2017


Advances in acute care medicine have increased the chances of survival for patients with severe illness or trauma. The major causes of modifiable and non-modifiable mortality among patients treated in medical or surgical intensive care units (ICUs) are trauma, sepsis, complications of diabetes mellitus type 2 and hypertension, respiratory support, CVA, electrolyte imbalance, poisoning and snake bite. Such analysis will give an insight into the various factors which led to death. The pre-hospital co-morbidities will reinforce the internist to anticipate and take appropriate measures to mitigate their onslaught. In this way, the mortality in the ICU may be curtailed.

Keywords: Acute care; Ventilation; Mortality; Sepsis; Diabetes; Hypertension; COPD; Trauma


Advances in critical care medicine have increased the chances of survival for patients with severe illness or trauma [1]. However, such patients consume a large proportion of medical resources [2-5]. The factors for mortality that have potential to be modified among patients treated in medical or surgical critical care medicine (ICUs) (Figure 1) are sepsis, diabetes mellitus type 2, hypertension, poisoning and snake bite. Understanding the risk factors and their contribution to mortality would support the view that monitoring of patients with above factors is expected to prevent many deaths.


Figure 1: Patients treated in medical or surgical intensive care units (ICUs) for trauma, sepsis.

Subjects and Methods

Study population

Patients of both sexes and all ages admitted to the Critical Care Medicine Unit of Glocal Hospital, Krishnanagore were included in this study. Also included were patients transferred from the General Ward to ICU. Post-surgical cases requiring intensive care were also admitted to the ICU. There were no exclusion criteria. All patients admitted to acute critical care were interviewed. When required the patient party or accompanying personnel were interviewed. A thorough physical examination followed by relevant investigations was performed. CT scan, MRI, USG were performed in cases, particularly trauma cases and abdominal pain and other cases as required.

Informed consent

Informed written consent was obtained from all patients or close relatives. In case of children, informed consent was taken from parents.

Study period

January 1st, 2016 to 31st December 2016.

Sample size

All patients admitted to ICU during one calendar year.

Statutory clearances

The Institutional Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and Ethics Committee (EC) cleared the project proposal.

Results And Discussion

Table 1 shows the distribution of admitted cases Vis-à-vis deaths, age groups, gender and month-wise admissions in the acute care unit of Glocal Hospital (ICU), Krishnanagore, India. A total number of 1130 cases of diverse diseases (males 432 and females 532) and 113 patients died. There were more females than males. A case fatality rate of 10% was recorded. Month-wise distribution of admissions showed that more than 100 cases were admitted in January, February, March and October, 2016, Highest number of cases died in the older age group (>60 years). There were no obvious admission and mortality trend month-wise.

Total Admission Total Deaths
Month Sex
Male Female Total ≤ 18 yrs 19 to 45 yrs 45 to 60 yrs >60 yrs Total
Jan 85 44 129 0 2 2 8 12
Feb 103 57 160 0 2 1 7 10
Mar 111 60 171 0 3 5 2 10
Apr 46 10 56 1 3 1 3 8
May 38 29 67 2 4 2 4 12
Jun 37 22 59 0 2 0 3 5
Jul 40 29 69 0 4 3 4 11
Aug 49 34 83 3 2 1 3 9
Sept 43 32 75 2 2 1 1 6
Oct 80 29 109 2 3 2 3 10
Nov 48 41 89 0 2 3 6 11
Dec 47 16 63 0 2 3 4 9
Total 727 403 1130(100%) 10(8.8) 31(27.4) 24(21.2) 48(42.5) 113(10%)
Note:Case-fatality is 10% of total admission

Table 1: Showing the numbers of cases admitted and deaths in the acute critical unit in Glocal Hospital, Krishnanagore.

On admission, the case acuity was high with majority of cases presenting to the Emergency (ER) with signs of hemodynamic impairment and sepsis (40%). While neurology deaths cases including CVA cases constituted about one-third of all ER admissions who needed airway protection on admission. Neurology deaths (20%) accounted for large numbers of Cardiovascular Accidents (CVA) which were hemorrhagic in nature. Many of the neurology cases needed neurosurgical intervention (30%). Higher mortality was observed in cases those who presented with long delay to the ER, long time to intervention, hemorrhage was directly proportional to the mortality (5:3). Endotracheal intubation on admission with hypotension was other risk factors for death.

AF was the commonest sustained arrhythmia in emergency (4%). DC cardio version was the preferred method of termination tachyarrhythmia in ER. In poisoning cases Parquet cases had a higher mortality (97%) than Organophosphate intakes. The major comorbidities were diabetes mellitus type 2 and hypertension. The other factors that were noted in the ICU were sepsis, electrolyte imbalance and Venillatory support [6,7]. More deaths were associated with those who required Ventilation support in the ICU.

Comparing the mortality rate amongst some countries worldwide (Table 2). The national figure for death is about 12% and is dependent upon co-morbidities that were associated with the cases. As expected, the causal factors like diabetes mellitus type 2; hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias and most importantly ventilation support were associated with higher mortality. A study carried out in Singapore for a period of 5 years found a mortality of 7% [8]. In view of these important findings, we conclude that extra-ordinary monitoring is required for critical cases that belong to the categories mentioned above in ICU either alone or in various combinations. Overall, mortality rates in patients admitted to adult ICUs average 10% to 29%, depending on age and severity of illness. The pediatric mortality rate associated with sepsis is 25%, whereas the overall mortality rate for pediatric ICU patients ranges from 2% to 6%. The effects of advanced age per se versus severity of chronic and acute diseases of short and long term in survival of older patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) remains unclear.

Country Percent mortality
India 12
West Bengal (Krishnanagore) 10
Singapore 7
USA/UK 2 to 6*
Note: *Pediatric age group

Table 2: Comparing the mortality rate amongst some countries worldwide.


In context of a typical rural setting, a critical care unit could achieve a case-fatality rate of 10% as compared to 12% of national figure. Although the data depicts the picture of one ICU in a rural area in India [8,9], it is representative of the similar ICUs in most ICUs of rural India. This was possible because of adherence to modern guidelines for critical care of ICU [10]. This facility may be utilized for training purposes and theses’ work.


Citation: Pathak S, Bhattacharya D, Banerjee A, Azim S, Bhattacharya SK (2017) Restricted Analysis of Mortality in an Acute Care Facility of a Rural Hospital in Bengal, India. J Mol Biomark Diagn 8: 362. DOI: 10.4172/2155-9929.1000362

Copyright: ©2017 Pathak S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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