Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 598–609 | Cite as

Year in review in Intensive Care Medicine, 2007. III. Ethics and legislation, health services research, pharmacology and toxicology, nutrition and paediatrics

  • Massimo AntonelliEmail author
  • Elie Azoulay
  • Marc Bonten
  • Jean Chastre
  • Giuseppe Citerio
  • Giorgio Conti
  • Daniel De Backer
  • François Lemaire
  • Herwig Gerlach
  • Johan Groeneveld
  • Goran Hedenstierna
  • Duncan Macrae
  • Jordi Mancebo
  • Salvatore M. Maggiore
  • Alexandre Mebazaa
  • Philipp Metnitz
  • Jerôme Pugin
  • Jan Wernerman
  • Haibo Zhang
Year in Review 2007

Ethics and legislation

End of life

In July 2006, Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) launched a new series of articles on legislation on end of life in different countries, of course focused on intensive care unit (ICU) settings. The first paper came from India [1]. Then followed papers on the legal situation and actual court cases in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Israel, the Netherlands, and the UK [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]. Others are still in the pipeline, namely from Austria and Spain. Looking at the whole series of published articles gives an interesting overview of the current situation in many countries, mostly – though not exclusively – in the Western world, which shows many similarities but also some important differences.

The first common finding is that justice is always at pains to deal with intensive care physicians when they go to court accused of murder or assassination, be it in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Canada, France or in the Netherlands [3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12]. The respect for...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Massimo Antonelli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elie Azoulay
    • 2
  • Marc Bonten
    • 3
  • Jean Chastre
    • 4
  • Giuseppe Citerio
    • 5
  • Giorgio Conti
    • 6
  • Daniel De Backer
    • 7
  • François Lemaire
    • 8
  • Herwig Gerlach
    • 9
  • Johan Groeneveld
    • 10
  • Goran Hedenstierna
    • 11
  • Duncan Macrae
    • 12
  • Jordi Mancebo
    • 13
  • Salvatore M. Maggiore
    • 6
  • Alexandre Mebazaa
    • 14
  • Philipp Metnitz
    • 15
  • Jerôme Pugin
    • 16
  • Jan Wernerman
    • 17
  • Haibo Zhang
    • 18
  1. 1.Department of Intensive Care and Anesthesiology, Policlinico Universitario A. GemelliUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreRomeItaly
  2. 2.Intensive Care Medicine UnitSaint Louis HospitalParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of Medical Microbiology Julius Center for Health Sciences & Primary CareUniversity Medical Center UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Reanimation medicaleHopital Pitié SalpétrièreParisFrance
  5. 5.Neurointensive Care UnitOspedale S. GerardoMonzaItaly
  6. 6.Department of Intensive Care and AnesthesiologyUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreRomeItaly
  7. 7.Service des Soins IntensifsErasme HospitalBrusselsBelgium
  8. 8.Intensive Care UnitHenri Mondor HospitalCreteilFrance
  9. 9.Department of AnesthesiologyVivantes-Klinikum NeukoellnBerlinGermany
  10. 10.Intensive Care Medicine UnitVUMCAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  11. 11.Department of Clinical PhysiologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  12. 12.Pediatric Intensive Care UnitRoyal Brompton HospitalLondonUK
  13. 13.Intensive Care Medicine UnitHospital Sant PauBarcelonaSpain
  14. 14.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care MedicineLariboisière HospitalParisFrance
  15. 15.Department of Anesthesia and General Intensive Care MedicineUniversity Hospital of ViennaViennaAustria
  16. 16.Intensive Care Medicine UnitUniversity Hospital of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  17. 17.Departments of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care MedicineKarolinska University HospitalStockholmSweden
  18. 18.Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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