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Ethical Principles in Critical Care
Luce applies five principles of medical ethics -- beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy, disclosure, and social justice -- to issues that often arise in critical care medicine. These issues include medical decision making, ...
Physicians Do Not Have a Responsibility to Provide Futile or Unreasonable Care if a Patient or Family Insists
OBJECTIVE: This article was written to argue that physicians are not ethically obligated to provide care which they consider futile, unreasonable, or both, either voluntarily or in response to patient or surrogate demands. ...
Critical Care of Patients With AIDS
Objective -- We sought to review the clinical and ethical issues surrounding critical care for patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Data Sources -- We reviewed published studies and abstracts dealing ...
Withholding and Withdrawing of Life Support From Patients With Severe Head Injury
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the withholding or withdrawing of life support from patients with severe head injury. SETTING: San Francisco General Hospital, a city and county hospital with a Level I trauma center. DESIGN: ...
International Differences in End-of-Life Attitudes in the Intensive Care Unit
BACKGROUND: Important international differences exist in attitudes toward end-of-life issues in the intensive care unit. METHODS: A simple questionnaire survey was sent by e-mail to participants at an international meeting ...