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Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit Setting 

Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit Setting
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Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit Setting
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Clareen Wiencek

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0007
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date: 18 August 2019

Palliative care is an essential component of high-quality critical care. This chapter reviews the imperative for the advanced practice registered nurse, with the skills needed to integrate palliative care into caring for the intensive care unit patients. Distressing symptoms are common in the critically ill and amenable to the intervention of palliative care clinicians. This chapter will provide content on how the advanced practice registered nurse, whether in a consultative or integrative role, can influence positive outcomes for critically ill patients in the areas of pain and symptom management, communication enhancement and family meeting structures, withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining treatments, and the planning and implementation of quality improvement activities.

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