Withdrawing and withholding life support in the intensive care unit: a Spanish prospective multi-centre observational study

@article{Esteban2001WithdrawingAW,
  title={Withdrawing and withholding life support in the intensive care unit: a Spanish prospective multi-centre observational study},
  author={Andr{\'e}s Esteban and Federico Gordo and Luis Solsona and Inmaculada Al{\'i}a and Jose Diego Caballero and Carmen Bouza and Juan Alcal{\'a}-Zamora and Deborah J Cook and Juan Mar{\'i}a S{\'a}nchez and Ricardo Abizanda and Gl{\`o}ria Mir{\'o} and Mar{\'i}a J. Fern{\'a}ndez del Cabo and Eva de Miguel and Jose A. Santos and Bego{\~n}a Balerdi},
  journal={Intensive Care Medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={27},
  pages={1744-1749}
}
Objective: To determine how frequently life support is withheld or withdrawn from adult critically ill patients, and how physicians and patients families agree on the decision regarding the limitation of life support. Design: Prospective multi-centre cohort study. Setting: Six adult medical-surgical Spanish intensive care units (ICUs). Patients and participants: Three thousand four hundred ninety-eight consecutive patients admitted to six ICUs were enrolled. Measurements and results: Data… CONTINUE READING

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