Ethics consultation reduced hospital, ICU, and ventilation days for ICU patients who died before hospital discharge: COMMENTARY

Perkins, Henry S.
March 2004
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2004, Vol. 140 Issue 2, p36
Academic Journal
The article comments on a study conducted to analyze if ethics consultation could reduce hospital, intensive care unit (ICU), and ventilation days for ICU patients who died before hospital discharge. Ethics consultation's strengths include multiple sites, prospective design, randomization, expert consultants, and quantifiable outcomes. Consultations may focus therapeutic goals and thus prevent delays in comfort care. Health professionals may accept a consultation offer most readily whenever the patient is imminently dying, or whenever they seek discharge under ethics cover.


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