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Palliative care in the intensive-care unit (ICU)

Valerie Schulz

in Palliative Medicine

Third edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694143
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694143.003.0146
Palliative care in the intensive-care unit (ICU)

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This chapter includes a case study to illustrate the necessary skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to integrate palliative care into the ICU. It puts forth several issues such as: Is the ICU a common location of care for patients at risk of dying? Can ICU physicians predict, with certainty, whether an ICU patient will survive or die? Does a patient's trajectory towards death influence the care that they receive? Why is palliative care being introduced in the ICU? What are some models of palliative care in the ICU?

Keywords: intensive-care unit; medical education; case studies; patient care

Chapter.  5357 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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