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Intensive care and the elderly

Chris Dodds, Chandra M. Kumar and Frédérique Servin

in Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199234622
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199234622.003.0012

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Intensive care and the elderly

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The elderly are more likely to need intensive care than younger patients.

Survival is a poor indicator of outcome.

Pre-existing organ reserve determines outcome.

End-of-life decisions have to be made prior to admission.

Prolongation of dying is an ever-present risk.

Nearly 50% of all UK intensive care patients are over 65.

Advanced directives often include some restriction in intensive care management.

Medical admissions are higher risk than surgical admissions.

Chapter.  2189 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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