Three Patients: International Perspective on Intensive Care at the End of Life
ISBN/ASIN: 9781461353140,9781461509394 | 2002 | English | pdf | 278/268 pages | 15.3 Mb
Publisher: Springer US | Author: Jack K. Kilcullen MD, JD, MPH (auth.), David Crippen MD, Jack K. Kilcullen MD, JD, MPH, David F. Kelly PhD (eds.) | Edition: 1
This volume explores how the scarce resources of intensive care units should be distributed. Three hypothetical patients, each with a different chance of survival, desire intensive care. A multinational panel of experienced critical care physicians offers assessments of the patients' conditions and outlines approaches to treatment. These approaches are then examined by academic medical experts and a medical ethicist, as well as from a legal perspective. The result is a well-rounded and introspective look at care for critically ill patients at or near the end of life.