In this large retrospective cohort of patients extubated with a terminal illness, the median time to death was less than an hour, and almost all died within 24 hours. Older age and female gender predicted longer time to death. These statistics can help us counsel families on what to expect after withdrawal of mechanical ventilation (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.