José Felipe Solsona Durán

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OBJECTIVE End-of-life practices vary worldwide. The objective was to demonstrate that there is no clear-cut distinction between treatments administered to relieve pain and suffering and those intended to shorten the dying process. DESIGN Secondary analysis of a prospective, observational study. SETTING Thirty-seven intensive care units in 17 European(More)
BACKGROUND A right information about illness is essential if a patient has to take ethically autonomous medical decisions. We assessed whether a group o patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) had enough information about their illness to take medical decisions. PATIENTS AND METHOD Structured interview about disease knowledge, wills to(More)
OBJECTIVE To conduct a descriptive analysis of the opinions of health care personnel regarding different aspects related with the informed consent, and mainly the information given on informed consent forms. MATERIAL AND METHODS All health care professionals (physicians, nurses and nursing auxiliaries) of a teaching hospital were invited to fill out an(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to determine the use of blood samples obtained through central venous catheters (CVC) in the diagnosis of bacteremias in patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS A prospective randomized study was carried out in which 125 blood samples obtained by CVC were compared with 125 samples simultaneously(More)