Two in three ALD patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) survived for less than a year afterward. The findings highlight the need for increased support for ALD patients after they leave the hospital.

The study was published in Critical Care Medicine. The number of intensive care admissions for ALD are increasing in the UK but, until now, little was known about the long-term consequences for patients following time spent in critical care.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh looked at anonymized records of over 8000 ICU admissions in Scotland over six years to make their findings. Their study is the first to create a snapshot of ALD patients for a nation.

The findings highlight the need for increased support for ALD patients after they leave the hospital, researchers suggest. The number of intensive care admissions for ALD are increasing in the UK but, until now, little was known about the long-term consequences for patients following time spent in critical care.

ALD Patients

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh looked at anonymized records of over 8000 ICU admissions in Scotland over six years to make their findings. Their study is the first to create a snapshot of ALD patients for a nation.

Intensive Care

Patients with ALD were 31% more likely to die in the five years following a stay in intensive care, compared with those with severe heart, lung or kidney disease and other patients of similar age and background.

ALD survivors were also more likely to undergo an emergency admission to hospital within five years after their stint in ICU compared with people with other conditions. Almost half of these emergency visits were linked to alcohol or liver problems, which highlights the long-term issues faced by patients living with addiction.

Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

The alcohol-related liver disease is often associated with stigma in society. Our findings underline the need for better community services for alcohol addiction and the management of long-term conditions.

The author hopes that these findings will also help inform discussions between patients and doctors before they become critically ill so that they receive care in line with their wishes.