End-of-life decisions in surgical intensive care medicine - the relevance of blood transfusions.

@article{Graw2016EndoflifeDI,
  title={End-of-life decisions in surgical intensive care medicine - the relevance of blood transfusions.},
  author={J A Graw and Claudia D Spies and K Wernecke and Jan-P Braun},
  journal={Transfusion and apheresis science : official journal of the World Apheresis Association : official journal of the European Society for Haemapheresis},
  year={2016},
  volume={54 3},
  pages={416-20}
}
BACKGROUND End-of-life decisions (EOLDs) are common in the intensive care unit (ICU). EOLDs underlie a dynamic process and limitation of ICU-therapies is often done sequentially. Questionnaire-based and observational studies on medical ICUs and in palliative care reveal blood transfusions as the first therapy physicians withhold as an EOLD. METHODS To… CONTINUE READING