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Evaluation of a new limitations and withdrawal of care framework order form in the intensive care unit
© BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
- Published: 1 March 2010
- Public Health
- Intensive Care Unit
- Emergency Medicine
- Patient Experience
- Acute Illness
The aim of this study was to demonstrate improvements in both staff and patient experiences with end-of-life care. The ICU is a setting where death is common; it has been suggested that 20% of patients in the US die on the ICU . Given that the majority of ICU deaths involve the withholding or withdrawing of treatment , the importance of end-of-life care is clear. Despite this frequency, studies suggest that the current quality of end-of-life care is suboptimal on the ICU [3, 4]. As a result, we developed a new framework to address this issue.
We introduced our new framework over a 1-year period; we circulated questionnaires to the staff pre and post study to demonstrate any improvements in end-of-life care.
Quality of end-of-life care was improved with our new framework; however, further research is vital to ensure our patients receive the same kind of evidence-based medicine in their final hours as they did during their acute illness.
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