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Would an elderly demented person be admitted into icu and put on mechanical ventilation.?
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Dr. Michael Taylor
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In brief: It happens
Pneumonia, heart failure, stroke, & serious injury are some of the more common reasons; it's important to consider the goals of care & realistic expectations.
Patients/family/power of attorney should make it clear what level of support they feel is acceptable. It's ok to make comfort a priority & say "no" to the ventilator. It's also ok to say "yes". Best to discuss this before the crisis.

In brief: It happens
Pneumonia, heart failure, stroke, & serious injury are some of the more common reasons; it's important to consider the goals of care & realistic expectations.
Patients/family/power of attorney should make it clear what level of support they feel is acceptable. It's ok to make comfort a priority & say "no" to the ventilator. It's also ok to say "yes". Best to discuss this before the crisis.
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