Most patients admitted to the ICU for stroke had severely impaired consciousness, required mechanical ventilation, and were ineligible for acute-phase stroke therapy. Three fifths of patients died, and only one fifth had a good 6-month neurological outcome. Older age and worse consciousness impairment at ICU admission were independently associated with poorer outcomes. Further studies are needed to identify criteria for choosing the most appropriate level of ICU care in patients with acute stroke.
APACHE II: Acute Physiology And Chronic Health Evaluation II; ARDS: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome; CI: confidence interval; GCS: Glasgow Coma Scale; ICD-10: International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision; ICU: intensive care unit; IQR: interquartile range; mRS: modified Rankin Scale; NIHSS: National Institute of Health Stroke Score; OR: odds ratio; SAPSII: Simplified Acute Physiology Score version II.
We thank Antoinette Wolfe, MD, for assistance in preparing and reviewing the manuscript.
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The dataset generated during and analyzed during the current study are not publicly available according to the French law but are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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The study was performed in accordance with Good Clinical Practices and the Declaration of Helsinki principles for ethical research. It was approved by the ethics committee of the French Intensive Care Society (CE SRLF 21–09) on January 25, 2021. In accordance with French law on retrospective studies of anonymized healthcare data, informed consent was obtained from all patients and/or their next of kin.
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