Case Exemplar

February 2004
Critical Care Nurse;Feb2004 Supplement, p24
Academic Journal
Presents the case of a 45-year-old man who developed disseminated intravascular coagulation during his treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia. Signs and symptoms; Role played by patient's wife in his care; Approach taken by the intensive care unit's nursing personnel on the patient's desire not to be kept alive with extraordinary measures if he was not going to be cured; Challenge and opportunities posed by the case for the primary nurse.


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