There is limited information about the impact of frailty on public payer costs in cardiac surgery. This study aimed to determine quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) and costs associated with pre-operative frailty in patients referred for cardiac surgery.
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Highlights•One third of ICU deaths occur within 24 hours of admission.•Patients who die early are older, more likely frail and receive more advanced life support.•Correlates of early death include age, acuity and Emergency Department admission.•Future work should explore the role of clinician and family decision-making in this group. AbstractPurposeTo describe…