Table 1

Timing of key points throughout hospital admission in older patients who die in hospital

Number of patientsRangeLower quartileMedianUpper quartileComment
Time from admission to death (days)1000–11838.517.5
Time from admission to Do-Not-Resuscitate order (days)940–84016In 55% DNAR order implemented on day of admission or the day after
Time from admission to Do-Not-Resuscitate order if those dying within 48 h of admission excluded (days)840–84026In 42% DNAR order implemented on day of admission or the day after
Time to death after Do-Not-Resuscitate order made (days)940–50149
Time to death from commencement on Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) (hours)381–50451246In 71% of the patients in whom the LCP was started, it was commenced less than 24 h before death
  • DNAR, Do Not Attempt Resuscitation.