Chronic critical illness.

  title={Chronic critical illness.},
  author={Judith Eve Nelson and Christopher E Cox and Aluko A Hope and Shannon S Carson},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  volume={182 4},
Although advances in intensive care have enabled more patients to survive an acute critical illness, they also have created a large and growing population of chronically critically ill patients with prolonged dependence on mechanical ventilation and other intensive care therapies. Chronic critical illness is a devastating condition: mortality exceeds that for most malignancies, and functional dependence persists for most survivors. Costs of treating the chronically critically ill in the United… CONTINUE READING