Knowing when to stop: futility in the ICU.
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...Expand abstract
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- Copyright 2011 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc. This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology 24(2), April 2011, 160-165.
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