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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

Published: 9 June 2005


Public HealthMechanical VentilationEmergency MedicinePostoperative PeriodOrthopedic Surgery


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.

Authors’ Affiliations

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


© BioMed Central Ltd 2005