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Legal issues in trauma intensive care 

Legal issues in trauma intensive care
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Legal issues in trauma intensive care
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Richard P. Kidwell

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199777709.003.0028
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date: 24 May 2019

Critically ill trauma patients are at high risk for complications and death. The factthat there may be legal proceedings related to the original injury further adds tothe fear of litigation for physicians caring for trauma patients. Most of this fear isungrounded, however. There is a paucity of reported appellate court opinionsregarding trauma cases. Thus, there is little guidance from courts to delineatewith any degree of clarity the expected standard of care with respect to traumapatients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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