Ventilatory Support and Oxygen Therapy in Elder, Palliative and End-of-Life Care Patients

  • Antonio M. Esquinas
  • Nicola Vargas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Pulmonary Function and Physiology in Elderly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lorena Olivencia Peña, María Sevilla Martínez, Alberto Fernández Carmona
      Pages 3-13
  3. Ventilatory Management Epidemiology and Trends Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Elisa Salsano, Paquale Abete
      Pages 31-34
    3. Florindo D’onofrio
      Pages 47-53
  4. Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure

  5. Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Antonino Maffei
      Pages 71-75
    3. Ipek S. Edipoglu, Yalim Dikmen
      Pages 77-84
    4. Attilio De Blasio
      Pages 85-88
    5. Maurizio Marvisi, Laura Balzarini, Chiara Mancini, Sara Ramponi
      Pages 89-95
    6. María Sevilla Martínez, Lorena Olivencia Peña, Alberto Fernández Carmona
      Pages 97-103
  6. Surgery and Chronic Stable Conditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Juan Carlos Lopez-Delgado, Gabriel Jesús Moreno-Gonzalez, Renzo Esteve Avila-Espinoza
      Pages 125-131
    3. Alberto Fernández Carmona, María Sevilla Martínez, Lorena Olivencia Peña
      Pages 133-140
  7. Complementary Use of NIV

  8. Invasive Mechanical Ventilation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Laura Juez Garcia, Ana Sanchez Fernandez
      Pages 165-174
    3. Maria Vargas, Giuseppe Servillo, Aniello Acampora
      Pages 175-180
    4. Pasquale Buonanno, Maria Vargas, Giuseppe Servillo
      Pages 181-190
  9. Weaning and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Pasquale Buonanno, Maria Vargas, Giuseppe Servillo
      Pages 193-199
    3. Luigi Vivona, Maria Vargas, Giuseppe Servillo
      Pages 219-226
    4. Andrea Fabbo, Barbara Manni
      Pages 227-239
  10. Discharge and Home Mechanical Ventilation

  11. Ventilatory Management in Outcome

  12. Ventilatory Management in End Life Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. A. Micco, A. Di Sorbo, M. Del Donno
      Pages 289-304
    3. Loredana Tibullo, Barbara Bonamassa, Nicola Vargas
      Pages 305-309
    4. Loredana Tibullo, Fernando Gallucci
      Pages 311-315
  13. Ventilatory Management in Palliative Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337

About this book


This book provides readers with a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to non-invasive mechanical ventilation in palliative medicine, focusing on why and when it may be necessary. Physicians will find a practical guide to this specific context, particularly focused on pulmonary function and physiology in the elderly, and on ventilatory management in surgery and chronic stable conditions. The book provides detailed information on the rationale for invasive and non-invasive ventilation, the different modes of ventilation, indications and contraindications, prognostic factors, and outcomes. It addresses in detail the role of postoperative mechanical ventilation following various forms of surgery, and discusses key aspects of withdrawal from ventilatory support. Attention is also devoted to the use of mechanical ventilation within and beyond the ICU. The concluding part of the book focuses on important topics such as ethics, legal issues, home mechanical ventilation, drug therapy, rehabilitation and end-of-life.

Its multidisciplinary approach, bringing together contributions from international experts in different specialties, ensures that the book will be of interest to a broad range of health professionals involved in the management of older patients admitted to the ICU, including intensivists, anesthesiologists, and geriatricians.


ETI (Endotracheal Intubation) Non-invasive ventilation ARF (acute respiratory failure) Comfort Care Palliative measures Health care setting

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio M. Esquinas
    • 1
  • Nicola Vargas
    • 2
  1. 1.Intensive Care UnitHospital General Universitario Morales MeseguerMurciaSpain
  2. 2.Geriatric and Intensive Geriatric CareAzienda Ospedaliera S.Giuseppe MoscatiAvellinoItaly

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