Title

Etiology of Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation in a Tertiary Setting

Document Type

Article

Department

Medicine

Abstract

Patients requiring chronic mechancial ventilation consume an increasing proportion of human and financial resources. Despite increasing focus this problem has continued to escalate nationally. While respiratory patients are commonly thought to account for the greatest proportion of these patients this question has not been well studied.We sought to evaluate the source and epidemiology of chronically mechanically ventilated patients in our 750 bed tertiary teaching facility that serves as a regional cardiac center. All patients requiring MV≥ 10d over a 1 year period were included.

Publication

CHEST