Reassessing intensive care for patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

P. Singer, J. Askanazi, L. Akiva, S. Bursztein, Vladimir Kvetan

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Abstract

The number of patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) admitted to hospitals in increasing dramatically. Treatments such as zidovudine, aerosolized pentamidine, and nutritional support are being administered to subacutely ill patients with increasing effectiveness. The number of patients with AIDS treated in intensive care units, on the other hand, has been decreasing progressively, perhaps as a result of a mortality rate close to 90%. However, because recent data demonstrate (1) a lower mortality rate in patients with AIDS who receive mechanical ventilation and (2) the ability to reverse the wasting syndrome in selected groups, we propose a reassessment of the criteria for intensive care unit admission of patients with AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-394
Number of pages8
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Critical Care
Volume19
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990

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Critical Care
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Intensive Care Units
Wasting Syndrome
Pentamidine
Nutritional Support
Mortality
Zidovudine
Patient Admission
Artificial Respiration
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Reassessing intensive care for patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. / Singer, P.; Askanazi, J.; Akiva, L.; Bursztein, S.; Kvetan, Vladimir.

In: Heart and Lung: Journal of Critical Care, Vol. 19, No. 4, 1990, p. 387-394.

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Singer, P. ; Askanazi, J. ; Akiva, L. ; Bursztein, S. ; Kvetan, Vladimir. / Reassessing intensive care for patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. In: Heart and Lung: Journal of Critical Care. 1990 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 387-394.
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