Survival rate of HIV patients continues to improve

January 16th, 2009 - 12:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Jan 16 (IANS) The survival rate of critically ill HIV patients continues to improve, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), conducted a retrospective study of 281 adults who had HIV and were admitted to the ICU during a five-year period, with a total of 311 admissions.

During the study period, respiratory failure remained the most common indication for ICU admissions (42 percent overall); however, the proportion of patients with respiratory failure decreased each year from 52 percent to 34 percent.

Hospital survival rates also increased during the study period. Administration of antiretroviral therapy (ART) at admission was not associated with survival, although ART was associated with predictors that were associated with survival, according to an UCSF release.

This study was published in the January issue of CHEST.

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