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Elderly Patients with Multi-Morbidity, Frailty and Geriatric Syndromes - Therapeutic Problem of Contemporary and Incoming Medicine at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) from the Geriatrician's Viewpoint



Year of publication 2011
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

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Description The chapter aims at presenting a practically orientated survey of major problems of a clinical picture and therapeutic pitfalls in critically ill elderly patients from the point of view of a geriatrician. Growing number of the patients of advanced age represent a highly heterogeneous group with very different health problems. For the ICU admitted elderly patients are valuable general pitfalls of modern medicine connected with: atomization of medicine; absence of holistic approach and contemporary multi-morbidity when they belong to miscellaneous medical branches according to principal somatic diagnosis or seemingly nowhere. It is obvious that the intensivist should acquire at least basic knowledge of geriatric problems to enhance their knowledge of multi-morbidity, frailty and geriatric syndromes and their interrelationships. The management and treatment of factual somatic status and disease of critically ill elderly persons in ICU is always connected with potential undesirable effect of therapy on frail older person.

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