Mortality and Prognostic Prediction in Very Elderly Patients With Severe Pneumonia

Moon Seong Baek, Sojung Park, Jeong Hee Choi, Cheol Hong Kim, In Gyu Hyun

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Introduction: Although prognostic prediction scores for pneumonia such as CURB-65 score or pneumonia severity index (PSI) are widely used, there were a few studies in very elderly patients. The aim of the study was to validate prognostic prediction scores for severe pneumonia and investigate risk factors associated with in-hospital mortality of severe pneumonia in very elderly patients. Methods: During the 6-year study period (from October 2012 to May 2018), 160 patients aged 80 or older admitted to medical intensive unit were analyzed retrospectively. Pneumonia severity was evaluated using CURB-65 score, PSI, Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) scores, A-DROP, I-ROAD, UBMo index, SOAR score, and lactate. The outcome was in-hospital mortality. Results: The median age was 85 years (interquartile range: 82-88). Nursing home residents accounted for 71 (44.4%) and in-hospital mortality was 40 (25.0%). Logistic regression showed that chronic lung, mechanical ventilation, hemodialysis, and albumin were associated with in-hospital mortality of pneumonia. Using the receiver operating characteristics curve for predicting mortality, the area under the curve in pneumonia was 0.65 for the SOFA score, 0.61 for the CURB-65 score, 0.52 for the PSI, 0.58 for the A-DROP, 0.52 for the I-ROAD, 0.54 for UBMo index, 0.59 for SOAR score, and 0.65 for lactate. Conclusion: The performances of the CURB-65 and PSI are not excellent in very elderly patients with pneumonia. Further studies are needed to improve the performance of prognostic prediction scores in elderly patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1405-1410
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Intensive Care Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2020

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  • elderly
  • mortality
  • pneumonia
  • severity index


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