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Ethics in Critical Care

  • Jessica Ballou
  • Karen J. Brasel
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Abstract

The treatment and subsequent recovery of most ICU patients present few ethical challenges. However, the nature of surgical critical care is such that psychologic and physiologic stress, end-of-life care, caretaker and family dynamics, and limited resources can result in an environment where conflict occurs. These difficult times are taxing on patients and providers alike. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the existing consensus statements and precedents that are associated with the more common ethical dilemmas that may present in an ICU as well as identify the key principles and resources that may be applied to a variety of critical care scenarios to help providers make informed, practical decisions.

Keywords

Ethics Advanced directives End of life Intensive care critical illness Ethics committee 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care SurgeryOregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandUSA

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