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End-of-life care 

End-of-life care
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End-of-life care
Author(s):

Heather Baid

, Fiona Creed

, and Jessica Hargreaves

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701071.003.0019
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date: 21 September 2019

Not all patients will survive admission to critical care, and this chapter highlights end-of-life issues that will be encountered in this care setting. Recognition of the end of life, and decision making related to end-of-life care are discussed alongside issues pertaining to advance care planning. There is a focus on the individualized care required by the dying patient and their family and carers. Specific issues relating to end of life, including organ donation and brainstem death testing, are also discussed.

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