An Observational Study on a Protocol for Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Measures on Two Non-Academic Intensive Care Units in The Netherlands: Few Signs of Distress, No Suffering?

@article{Epker2015AnOS,
  title={An Observational Study on a Protocol for Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Measures on Two Non-Academic Intensive Care Units in The Netherlands: Few Signs of Distress, No Suffering?},
  author={Jelle L Epker and Jan Bakker and Hester F. Lingsma and Erwin J. O. Kompanje},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  year={2015},
  volume={50 5},
  pages={676-84}
}
CONTEXT Because anticipation of death is common within the intensive care unit, attention must be paid to the prevention of distressing signs and symptoms, enabling the patient to die peacefully. In the relevant studies on this subject, there has been a lack of focus on measuring determinants of comfort in this population. OBJECTIVES To evaluate whether dying without distressing signs after the withdrawal of life-sustaining measures is possible using a newly introduced protocol and to analyze… CONTINUE READING
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