Frailty in the ICU

Frailty in the ICU - #45

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Frailty assessment of patients at time of ICU admission may be useful in identification of vulnerable elderly patients.

Frail elderly patients who are critically ill.

Assess ICU patients for frailty. Assess ICU patients for frailty.

  • Define the frailty syndrome.
  • Describe the criteria used to diagnose frailty.
  • Use the Clinical Frailty Scale as part of prognostication tools.
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This GFF ___ my competence in geriatrics.

Olivia Mac, Tessa Damm DO, Bambi Wessel, Gabriel Manzi MD

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI