Mechanical ventilation in geriatric patients who underwent orthopaedic surgery: a prospective study
© BioMed Central Ltd 2005
Published: 9 June 2005
Our hypothesis is that older patients more often receive mechanical ventilation than their younger counterparts.
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.
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%.
In geriatric patients there is a positive correlation between age and need of mechanical ventilation in the postoperative period of orthopedic surgery.