Ethics and the ICU

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Abstract

Ethical issues in the ICU seem to be growing with the increasing complexity of medical treatments. Despite many bioethicists, clinicians, academicians, and others attempting to resolve these conflicts, we don’t seem to be any closer to solutions. This chapter will review several key principles and ethical situations in the ICU including withdrawing and withholding, DNR, futility, advance directives and POLST, artificial nutrition and hydration, dialysis, and organ donation. This chapter will also discuss the differences between resources available to help resolve these conflicts: ethics consults, palliative medicine, and conflict resolution.

Keywords

Ethics Futility Autonomy Palliative medicine DNR Advance directives Organ donation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Trauma Medical DirectorTerre Haute Regional HospitalTerre HauteUSA

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