|Ms Heather Cleland (left) with research nurses|
The team undertook a retrospective chart review of all seven patients over the age of 70 years (of which 3 survived), with a diagnosis of TEN admitted to the Alfred Hospital between January 2001 and December 2012. The team concludes that though survival is unlikely despite active treatment, something as critical as end-of-life decision-making should absolutely not be determined by the data obtained from a small case series such as this one and that the likelihood of patient survival may decrease, the longer the admission period, indicating an area for further research.
Reference: Mahar PD, Wasiak J, Gin D, Cleland H, Watters DA. Mortality and length of stay in elderly toxic epidermal necrolysis patients. Australas J Dermatol. 2015 Aug;56(3):233-4. doi: 10.1111/ajd.12268.