Is non-invasive ventilation the best ventilatory support for 'do not intubate' patients?
1 Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Teaching Military Hospital Sainte Anne, Boulevard Sainte Anne, BP 20545, 83041 Cedex 09 Toulon, France
2 Pneumology Department, Teaching Military Hospital Sainte Anne, Boulevard Sainte Anne, BP 20545, 83041 Cedex 09 Toulon, France
Critical Care 2012, 16:442 doi:10.1186/cc11435
See related letter by Scala and Esquinas, http://ccforum.com/content/16/3/429Published: 8 August 2012
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We agree with the letter from Scala and Esquinas  in response to the article by Schortgen and colleagues , who emphasised the use of non-invasive ventilation in the ICU as the best ventilatory treatment for 'do not intubate' octogenarian patients. Scala and Esquinas argued that ICU beds are scarce and that the ICU environment alters contact between the patient and family.