Integration of critical care and palliative care at end of life.

@article{Pattison2004IntegrationOC,
  title={Integration of critical care and palliative care at end of life.},
  author={Natalie Pattison},
  journal={British journal of nursing},
  year={2004},
  volume={13 3},
  pages={132-6, 138-9}
}
End-of-life care in the critical care environment suffers from a lack of clarity and uncertainty. Critical care nurses may often feel torn between wanting to do everything possible to sustain a patient's life and wanting to do what is in the patient's best interests. Reframing the focus of care from cure to comfort can be an uncomfortable shift for nurses, who may not be in control of when the change of goals takes place. Good end-of-life care should be a core competency for all nurses and it… CONTINUE READING