Safety and Clinical Outcome of Good-Grade Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in Non-Intensive Care Units

Clare Angeli G. Enriquez, Jose Danilo B. Diestro, Abdelsimar T. Omar, Romergryko G. Geocadin, Gerardo D. Legaspi

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Background: While patients with good grade aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage are routinely admitted in intensive care units, critical care capacity in low-middle income countries (LMICs) is limited. In this study, we report the outcomes of good-grade SAH (Hunt and Hess grades I & II) patients admitted in ICU and non-ICU settings at a center in the Philippines and determine if site of care is predictive of outcome. Methods: We performed a retrospective study of all adults diagnosed with good-grade SAH in a five-year period. Patients were analyzed according to three groups based on site of care: Group A (>50% of length of stay in ICU), Group B (>50% of LOS in non-ICU), and Group C (100% of LOS in non-ICU). The primary outcome measures were in-hospital mortality and mRS score at discharge. The secondary outcome measures were complication rate and LOS. Results: A total of 242 patients was included in the cohort, which had a mean age of 51.16 years and a female predilection (64%). The rates of in-hospital mortality and favorable functional outcome at discharge were 0.82% and 93.8%, respectively, with no difference across groups. Delayed cerebral ischemia and infection were more frequently diagnosed in ICUs (p < 0.001), while rebleeding occurred more commonly in non-ICUs (p = 0.02). The median LOS was significantly longer in patients who developed complications. Conclusions: Admission of good-grade aneurysmal SAH patients in non-ICU settings did not adversely affect both in-hospital mortality and functional outcome at discharge. Prospective, randomized studies may lead to changes in pattern of ICU utilization which are critical for LMICs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105123
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2020


  • Aneurysm clipping
  • Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Critical care
  • LMIC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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