Abstract 11.1.5



Pattern of Neurological Admissions at the Intensive Care Unit in a Tertiary Hospital –

A 15 Year Review


E.E. Philip-Ephraim1, S.K. Oparah1, U.E. Williams1 C.C. Odigwe1 and R.P. Ephraim2

1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar.

2Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicinal Sciences, University of Calabar, Calabar.


Abstract: The outcome of neurological patients managed in the intensive care unit often reflects the effectiveness of management in such facility. The patterns of neurological patients admitted into the intensive care unto of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, a Tertiary Hospital in Nigeria was reviewed over a 15-year period (January 1994 to December 2008). Information on patients’ clinical data were obtained from the admission and discharge register in the intensive care unit and a review of relevant case notes. A total of 14 patients (38.9% of total medical ICU admissions) with neurological morbidity were admitted during the study period. Stroke and tetanus were observed to be the commonest neurological conditions. The duration of stay ranged from 24hours to 17 days with overall mortality rate of 50%.  This unacceptably high mortality rate should be addressed with clear diagnostic and management protocols and better equipping of the ICU.


Keywords:  Neurological admissions, Intensive Care Unit, 15 Year Review.



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