RESULTS: 96 patients were enrolled (13 women, 83 men), ED (61) floor (10), ICU (13), and OR (12). The mean age was 49.5 years. Patients intubated in the ED, as compared to floor, ICU and OR, in had higher ventilator days (10.9 vs. 5 vs. 5.2 vs. 1.75, p=0.0003), ICU length of stay (12.2 vs. 6.9 vs. 7.0 vs. 4.9, p=0.0015) and hospital length of stay (18.8 vs. 10.4 vs. 10.7 vs. 7.8, p=0.0283). ED patients also had a significantly higher incidence of pulmonary infection than the other three locations (p=0.0015). ISS was statistically not different between the groups (p=0.106). Survival between the groups was not different.