The number of elderly patients with dementia receiving invasive mechanical ventilation is increasing over time in the United States, while the balance of potential benefits and harms of intensive care interventions in this population is unclear. In this report, we describe trends in use of invasive mechanical ventilation in elderly individuals with and without dementia in Ontario, Canada, and provide projections of the use of invasive mechanical ventilation through 2025. We show that rates of invasive mechanical ventilation for elderly patients with dementia are increasing faster than for the rest of the elderly (nondementia) population.
From the *Department of Critical Care Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
†Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
‡Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
§Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Departments of ‖Medicine
¶Anesthesia, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Published ahead of print 21 November 2018.
Accepted for publication November 21, 2018.
Funding: This study was supported by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, which is funded by an annual grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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