Definitions, Criteria and Management of NIV for Very Old Patients with Limitations to Respiratory Care
The use of noninvasive mechanical ventilation (NIMV) in the elderly population is a current issue in which there is no clear evidence on its indication, generating controversy. Recent studies confirm that NIMV reduces intubation and secondary risks in elderly patients and advocate the need for specialized units. At present, age is not in itself a contraindication for NIMV, but further studies are necessary to assess the associated prognostic factors in the elderly population.
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