Terminal events in the intensive care unit: review of 258 fatal cases in one year.

@article{Vincent1989TerminalEI,
  title={Terminal events in the intensive care unit: review of 258 fatal cases in one year.},
  author={Jean-Louis Vincent and J N Parquier and Jean Charles Preiser and Serge Brimioulle and Robert J. Kahn},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={1989},
  volume={17 6},
  pages={530-3}
}
The last events before death were analyzed in 258 patients who died in our ICU. Deepening coma (104 patients) and acute circulatory failure (90 patients) were the most common events preceding death. Catastrophic events accounted for only 12% of deaths. In 168 (65%) of 258 patients, death was considered inevitable and CPR was not performed. Furthermore, 22 (9%) patients were allowed to die after withdrawal of intensive care support. These observations indicate that most deaths are expected in… CONTINUE READING

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