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Crit Care. 2005 Aug;9(4):317-8. Epub 2005 May 10.

Medical treatment for the terminally ill: the 'risk of unacceptable badness'.

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Neurovascular ICU, Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. crippen@pitt.edu

Abstract

When patients or their families rarely request inappropriate end of life care in the ICU for capricious reasons. End of life treatment decisions that only prolong discomfort and death are usually emotional and based on unrealistic expectations. I explore some of those reasons in this paper.

PMID:
16137368
PMCID:
PMC1269444
DOI:
10.1186/cc3715
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