Managing Death in the ICU: The Transition from Cure to Comfort

Hardcover | December 15, 2000

EditorJ. Randall Curtis, Gordon D. Rubenfeld

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This volume reviews the state of the art in caring for patients dying in the ICU, focusing on both clinical aspects of managing pain and other symptoms, as well as ethical and societal issues that affect the standards of care received. The book also addresses the changing epidemiology of deathin this setting related to managed care, practical skills needed to provide the highest quality of care to terminal patients, communicating with patients and families, the mechanics of withdrawing life-supporting therapies, and the essential role of palliative care specialists in the ICU. The bookbriefly describes unique issues that arise when caring for patients with some of the more common diseases that precipitate death in the ICU. Contributors for the book were chosen because they have experience caring for patients in the ICU and are also conducting current research to find ways ofimproving care for terminal patients in this setting.

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This volume reviews the state of the art in caring for patients dying in the ICU, focusing on both clinical aspects of managing pain and other symptoms, as well as ethical and societal issues that affect the standards of care received. The book also addresses the changing epidemiology of deathin this setting related to managed care, pr...

Gordon D. Rubenfeld is at University of Washington Harborview Medical Center, Seattle.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195128818

ISBN - 13:9780195128819

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Table of Contents

Section I: The Changing Landscape of Death in the ICU1. J. Randall Curtis and Gordon D. Rubenfeld: Introducing the Concept of Managing Death in the ICU2. Richard A. Mularski and Molly L. Osborne: The Changing Ethics of Death in the ICU3. John M. Luce and thomas J. Predergast: The Changing Nature of Death in the ICU4. Mitchell M. Levy: Making a Personal Relatinship with DeathSection II: The Decision to Limit Life Support in the ICU5. Marin H. Kollef: Outcome Pretiction in the ICU6. Deborah J. Cook: Decision-Making and the Role of Bias7. J. Randall Curtis and Donld L. Patrick: The Role of Health Status and Quality of Life in decisions about ICU Care8. Joan M. Teno: Advance Care Planning in the Outpatient and ICU SettingSection III: Practical Skills Needed to Manage Death in the ICU9. J. Randall Curtis and Donald L. Patrick: How to Discuss Dying and Death in the ICU10. Kathleen Foley: Managnig Pain and other Symptoms in Dying Patients in the ICU11. Gordon D. Rubenfeld: Principles and Practice of Withdrawing Life Sustaining Treatment in the ICU12. Kathleen Puntillo: The Role of Critical Care Nurses in Providing and Managing End-of-Life Care13. Sarah E. Shannon: Helping Families Prepare for and Cope with a Death in the ICU14. Susan D. Block: Helping the Clinician Cope with Death in the ICU15. Nancy Chambers: The Interface of Technology and Spriituality in the ICU16. Steven Miles: Sacred End-of-Life Rituals in the ICUSection IV: Societal Issues17. Marion Danis: Role of Race, Ethnicity, Religion, and Socioeconomic Status on End-of-Life Care in the ICU18. Marshal B. Kapp: Legal Liability Anxieties in the ICU19. Peter Pronovost and Derek C. Angus: Economics of Managing Death in te ICU20. Barbara Daly: Organizational Change and Improving the uality of Palliative Care in the ICU21. Malcom Fisher: An International Perspective on Death in the ICUSection V: Specific Diseases and Special Populations22. Mark J. Rosen: AIDS23. Anthony Back: Cancer24. Jonathon Sackner-Bernstein: Congestive heart failure25. John E. Heffner: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease26. Eelco F.M. Wijdicks: Decisions to limit intensive care in patients with coma27. Walter M. Robinson: Special concerns for infants and children28. Judith E. Nelson: Special Concerns for the very old

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"...represents the definitive text on end-of-life care in the intensive care unit (ICU)...a refreshijng attempt to redefine death in the ICU and will serve as a comprehensive resource for health care professionals caring for critically ill patients."--Respiratory Care May 2002