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Future Challenges for Geriatric Intensive Care

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There is a rapid growing focus on the old and very old ICU patients, and this is reflected in the number of published papers on the subject. Looking at publications listed in PubMed that includes old and intensive care in title or abstract illustrates a very rapid increase from 2010 and onward (Fig. 37.1) demonstrating an exponential increase about this topic.


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Flaatten, H., Guidet, B., Vallet, H. (2022). Future Challenges for Geriatric Intensive Care. In: Flaatten, H., Guidet, B., Vallet, H. (eds) The Very Old Critically Ill Patients. Lessons from the ICU. Springer, Cham.

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