Resuscitation of the Critically Ill Older Adult

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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2021 May;39(2):273-286. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2020.12.001. Epub 2021 Mar 11.


In 30 years, adults 65 and older will represent 20% of the US population, with increased medical comorbidities leading to higher rates of critical illness and mortality. Despite significant acute illness, presenting symptoms and vital sign abnormalities may be subtle. Resuscitative guidelines are a helpful starting point but appropriate diagnostics, bedside ultrasound, and frequent reassessments are needed to avoid procrustean care that may worsen outcomes. Baseline functional status is as important as underlying comorbid conditions when prognosticating, and the patient's personal wishes should be sought early and throughout care with clear communication regarding prospects for immediate survival and overall recovery.

PMID:33863459 | DOI:10.1016/j.emc.2020.12.001

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