Octogenarians in the ICU: are you ever too old?

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Octogenarians in the ICU: are you ever too old?

Crit Care. 2011 Feb 24;15(1):125

Authors: McDermid RC, Bagshaw SM

ABSTRACT: Long-term morbidity and mortality rates for older patients admitted to the ICU remain substantial. In this issue of Critical Care, Roch and colleagues describe a retrospective study evaluating factors associated with survival and quality-of-life of octogenarians (aged ?80 years) admitted to a medical ICU. This study proposes to address a highly relevant and increasingly encountered scenario in ICUs - what factors can best estimate prognosis for elderly patients at the time of evaluation for ICU admission? While perhaps not unique to octogenarians, such data have the potential to better inform on decision-making regarding advanced life support along with facilitating discussion on the perceived benefit and on patient treatment preferences concerning intensive care.

PMID: 21371344 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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