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Knowing when to stop: futility in the ICU.

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Decisions to withdraw or withhold potentially life-sustaining treatment are common in intensive care and precede the majority of deaths. When families resist or oppose doctors' suggestions that it is time to stop treatment, it is often unclear what should be done. This review will summarize recent literature around futility judgements in intensive care emphasising ethical and practical questions. RECENT FINDINGS: There has been a shift in the language of futility. Patients...

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Published
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1097/aco.0b013e328343c5af

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University of Oxford
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University of Oxford
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Publisher:
Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc. Publisher's website
Journal:
Current opinion in anaesthesiology Journal website
Volume:
24
Issue:
2
Pages:
160-165
Publication date:
2011-04-05
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EISSN:
1473-6500
ISSN:
0952-7907
URN:
uuid:5ac8e366-c724-443a-b7b4-45344732ece3
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192311
Local pid:
pubs:192311

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