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Critical Care

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Mechanical ventilation in geriatric patients who underwent orthopaedic surgery: a prospective study

  • IRS De Castro1,
  • PG Coscarelli1,
  • MD Saud1,
  • R dos Reis Visconti1,
  • M Teixeira de Novais1 and
  • FS Vianna1
Critical Care20059(Suppl 2):P93

https://doi.org/10.1186/cc3637

Published: 9 June 2005

Keywords

Public HealthMechanical VentilationEmergency MedicinePostoperative PeriodOrthopedic Surgery

Objective

Our hypothesis is that older patients more often receive mechanical ventilation than their younger counterparts.

Methods

During a 4-year period (2001–2004), we collected data on 1410 patients admitted to an ICU of an orthopedic surgery hospital. We analyzed the use of mechanical ventilation.

Results

The percentage of patients that needed at least 1 day of mechanical ventilation progressively increases from patients in their sixties to those in their nineties (r = 0.97): <65 years, 3.5%; 65–69 years, 1.2%; 70–79 years, 3.7%; 80–89 years, 16.1%; 90 years or more, 25.8%.

Conclusions

In geriatric patients there is a positive correlation between age and need of mechanical ventilation in the postoperative period of orthopedic surgery.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Serviço de Terapia Intensiva, Hospital de Tráumato-Ortopedia, Instituto Nacional de Tráumato-Ortopedia, Brazil

Copyright

© BioMed Central Ltd 2005

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