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The Neurologist and End-of-Life Care in the Intensive Care Unit

Eelco F. M. Wijdicks

in Neurologic Complications of Critical Illness

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780195371093
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195371093.003.0023

Series: Contemporary Neurology Series

The Neurologist and End-of-Life Care in the Intensive Care Unit

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After discussion of outcome for most pertinent neurologic complications in critical illness in Chapter 21 and the approach in a family conference in Chapter 22, this closing chapter deals with withdrawal ICU intervention and its ramifications. Withdrawal refers to withdrawal of treatment and not withdrawal of care. The practice of palliative care should relieve suffering for patients and provide assistance to families. The Society of Critical Care Medicine has published guidelines on how to go about compassionate end-of-life care.6

Chapter.  5438 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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