Respiratory Emergencies in Geriatric Patients.
Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2016 Feb;34(1):39-49
Authors: Tyler K, Stevenson D
Acute dyspnea in older patients is a common presentation to the emergency department. Acute dyspnea in older adults is often the consequence of multiple overlapping disorders, such as pneumonia precipitating acute heart failure. Emergency physicians must be comfortable managing patients with acute dyspnea of uncertain cause and varying goals of care. In addition to the important role noninvasive ventilation (NIV) plays in full resuscitation, NIV can be useful as a method of providing supportive or nearly fully supportive care while more information is gathered from the patients and their loved ones.
PMID: 26614240 [PubMed - in process]