Demographics of long-term ventilator-dependent patients outside the intensive care unit
Edward M. Cordasco, DO
Edward D. Sivak, MDAddress reprints requests to E.D.S., Department of Pulmonary Disease, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106.
Alejandro Perez-Trepichio, MD
Continued management of clinically stable ventilator-dependent patients in the intensive care unit is controversial, given the expense and limitations of intensive care resources. A proposed alternative, which could reduce the cost of care, has been “noninvasive respiratory units.” We review the management of 99 ventilator-dependent patients on routine nursing floors to define our case mix and the outcome of long-term care.