Preface; 1. Epidemiology of critical illness in the elderly Kristin Oliveira and Linda L. Maerz; 2. Chronic critical illness in geriatric patients Amit Bardia and Shamsuddin Akhtar; 3. Principles of geriatric pharmacotherapy John W. Devlin and Jeffrey F. Barletta; 4. Respiratory critical care in the elderly Jonathan M. Siner and Margaret A. Pisani; 5. Neurocognitive dysfunction and geriatric neuro-critical care Tracy J. McGrance, Pratik P. Pandharipande and Christopher G. Hughes; 6. Geriatric cardiovascular critical care Ronald Pauldine; 7. Nutritional and metabolic derangements in critically ill elderly Arturo G. Torres, Sasha Grek and Brenda G. Fahy; 8. Electrolyte and renal disorders in the critically ill elderly Susan T. Crowley; 9. Trauma and musculoskeletal system dysfunction in the critically ill elderly population Felix Y. Lui and Kimberley A. Davis; 10. Immune response and infections in the elderly Nicole Bryan and Arif R. Sarwari; 11. Transfusion therapy and common haematological problems in critically ill elderly patients Aryeh Shander, Faraz Syed and Mazyar Javidroozi; 12. Stress response to surgery in the elderly Nazish K. Hashmi and Mihai V. Podgoreanu; 13. Perioperative care of geriatric patients at risk of developing critical illness Andrea Tsai and Ruben J. Azocar; 14. Ethical issues: withdrawing, withholding and futility Gail A. Van Norman; 14. Geriatric critical care units: model for interdisciplinary approach Steven R. Allen and Lewis J. Kaplan; Index.