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Demographics of long-term ventilator-dependent patients outside the intensive care unit

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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.


 

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