ICU ventilators overused with advanced-dementia patients

Mechanical ventilation may be lifesaving, but in certain patient cases it may prolong suffering without a clear benefit. A study involved 635,008 hospitalizations of nursing-home patients with advanced dementia and severe functional impairment. Between 2000 and 2013, the use of mechanical ventilation nearly doubled among these patients in cohort hospitals, yet the one-year mortality of ventilated patients remained above 80 percent.

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