High ambient temperature associated with increased mortality in nursing home residents
- University of Colorado Denver and the Eastern Colorado Health Care System
- Correspondence to Cari Levy University of Colorado Denver and the Eastern Colorado Health Care System, 6646 E 17th Ave Denver, CO 80220, USA;
- Published Online First 8 June 2010
Methods, results and conclusions
This article addresses heat-related mortality among nursing home residents. It is a retrospective observational study of 95,808 nursing home residents in southwest Germany between 2001 and 2005 with an assessment of excess risk during a heat wave in 2003. Mortality increased by 26% at temperatures between 32.0–33.9 degrees Celsius and 62% at temperatures >34 degrees Celsius. During the 2003 heat wave, 400 excess deaths occurred. Persons ≥ 90 years of age and those with more significant care needs were at the greatest risk of mortality.
Critique of their conclusions
The authors conclude that high ambient temperatures are associated with an increase in mortality among the nursing home population. They add that prevention of heat-related death would seem feasible due to the availability of supervision in nursing homes. …