Postoperative futile care: stopping the train when the family says "keep going".

@article{Lee2005PostoperativeFC,
  title={Postoperative futile care: stopping the train when the family says "keep going".},
  author={K Francis Lee},
  journal={Thoracic surgery clinics},
  year={2005},
  volume={15 4},
  pages={481-91}
}
All surgeons must take risks when providing medical care. No guarantees of protection from a lawsuit exist in any guise. Concerning postoperative futile care, the stakes are high when withdrawal of support seems to be indicated but the surrogate believes in sanctity-of-life and demands continued aggressive care. Open-ended questions posed to the family may… CONTINUE READING