End-of-Life Care in the Critical Care Unit for Patients With Heart Failure

Wingate, Sue; Wiegand, Debra Lynn-McHale
April 2008
Critical Care Nurse;Apr2008, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p84
Academic Journal
The article discusses how critical care nurses can help hospitalized patients with advanced heart failure and their families at the patients' end of life. It states that acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is characterized by worsening renal function and persistent neurohormonal activation. It notes the lack of clinical trial data on the treatment of patients with ADHF. It cites the importance of preparing for a patient's end of life.


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