Another must-read NY Times article ~ ~ if you can’t access, get thee to a library or borrow from a friend. IMPORTANT!!
EXCERPT – Intubation “is not a walk in the park,” Dr. Ouchi said. “This is a significant event for older adults. It can really change your life, if you survive.”
After intubation, 31 percent of patients ages 65 to 74 survive the hospitalization and return home. But for 80- to 84-year-olds, that figure drops to 19 percent; for those over age 90, it slides to 14 percent.
At the same time, the mortality rate climbs sharply, to 50 percent in the eldest cohort from 29 percent in the youngest.
All intubated patients proceed to intensive care, most remaining sedated because intubation is uncomfortable. If they were conscious, patients might try to pull out the tubes or the I.V.’s delivering nutrition and medications. They cannot speak.