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SCCM Pod-284 The Very Elderly Admitted to ICU: A Quality Finish?

Michael S. Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCM, speaks with Daren K. Heyland, MD, FRCPC, about the article, “The Very Elderly Admitted to ICU: A Quality Finish?*” published in Critical Care Medicine.


SCCM Pod-262 44th Critical Care Congress: End-of-Life Costs and Logistics

Ludwig H. Lin, MD, speaks with Dan R. Thompson, MD, MA, MCCM, Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Bioethics at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. Dr. Thompson discusses end-of-life decision-making and “Substituted Judgment: Who Speaks for This Patient?” which he presented at the 44th Critical Care Congress in Phoenix, Arizona.


SCCM Pod-217 CCM: Trends in Palliative and End-of-Life Care in the ICU

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, to discuss the article, “Hospital Variation and Temporal Trends in Palliative and End-of-Life Care in the ICU,” which was published in the July issue of Critical Care Medicine.


SCCM Pod-191 CCM: Perceptions of Organ Donation

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Joanne L. Hart, MD, about her article published in the September Critical Care Medicine, “Perceptions of Organ Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death Among Critical Care Physicians and Nurses: A National Survey.”


SCCM Pod-134 CCM: Resolving End-of-Life Conflicts in the ICU

John M. Luce, MD, FCCM, discusses his latest article, “A History of Resolving Conflicts Over End-of-Life Care in Intensive Care Units in the United States,” published in the August 2010 issue of Critical Care Medicine.


SCCM Pod-151 Symptoms Experienced by ICU Patients at Risk of Dying

Kathleen A. Puntillo, RN, DNSc, is the lead author of an article published in the November 2010 Critical Care Medicine titled, “Symptoms Experienced by Intensive Care Unit Patients at High Risk of Dying.”


SCCM Pod-90 New End-of-Life Guidelines

Robert D. Truog, MD, MA, discusses new guidelines published in the March 2008 issue of Critical Care Medicine, "Recommendations for End-of-Life Care in the ICU."


SCCM Pod-41 CCM: Tough Decisions at the End of Life

Douglas White, MD, discusses his article in the August issue of Critical Care Medicine, "Decisions to Limit Life-Sustaining Treatment for Critically Ill Patients Who Lack Both Decision-Making Capacity and Surrogate Decision Makers."


SCCM Pod-114 CCM: Why Not Physician-Assisted Death

Constantine A. Manthous, MD, associate clinical professor of medicine at Bridgeport Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut, discusses his article published in the April 2009 issue of Critical Care Medicine, “Why Not Physician-Assisted Death?”


SCCM Pod-115 PCCM: Difficult Conversations in the Pediatric ICU

Elaine Meyer, RN, PhD, discusses a paper published recently in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, titled “Difficult Conversations: Improving Communication Skills and Relational Abilities in Healthcare.”


Defining Futile and Potentially Inappropriate Interventions

The Society of Critical Care Medicine and four other major critical care organizations have endorsed a seven-step process to resolve disagreements about potentially inappropriate treatments. The multiorganization statement (entitled: An official ATS/AACN/ACCP/ESICM/SCCM Policy Statement: Responding to Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatments in Intensive Care Units) provides examples of potentially inappropriate treatments; however, no clear definition is provided. 


Responding to Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatments in Intensive Care Units

This multisociety statement provides recommendations to prevent and manage intractable disagreements about the use of such treatments in intensive care units.


Exploring Ethics: Offering High-Risk Surgeries for Complications of Intravenous Drug Use

This article was first published in the December 2018 issue of Critical Connections. The Exploring Ethics column features a case study and analysis meant to help readers gain a better appreciation of ethical issues facing critical care practitioners. 
 


Exploring Ethics: Providing Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation to a Jehovah’s Witness

This article was first published in the August 2018 issue of Critical Connections. The Exploring Ethics column features a case study and analysis meant to help readers gain a better appreciation of ethical issues facing critical care practitioners. 


Exploring Ethics: Discrimination and Racial Hostility in the ICU

This article was first published in the August 2017 issue of Critical Connections. The Exploring Ethics column features a case study and analysis meant to help readers gain a better appreciation of ethical issues facing critical care practitioners. 


Exploring Ethics: Mental Illness as a Rate-Limiting Step in Critical Care

This article was first published in the April 2018 issue of Critical Connections. The Exploring Ethics column features a case study and analysis meant to help readers gain a better appreciation of ethical issues facing critical care practitioners. 


Exploring Ethics: Parents’ Requests for “Everything” in the Age of Charlie Gard

This article was first published in the February 2018 issue of Critical Connections. The Exploring Ethics column features a case study and analysis meant to help readers gain a better appreciation of ethical issues facing critical care practitioners.