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SCCM Pod-402 Early Palliative Care Consultations in the ICU

Kyle B. Enfield, MD, and Marin H. Kollef, MD, discuss the findings and design of the cluster randomized crossover trial on early palliative care consultation in the medical intensive care unit (ICU) published in the December 2019 issue of Critical Care Medicine (Ma J, et al. Crit Care Med. 2019;47;1707-1715). Dr. Kollef outlines the automatic triggers for palliative care consultations that were chosen for the study, the reactions of the transplant physicians and the nursing staff to the study, and the importance of communication in palliative care between the ICU staff, palliative care experts, patients, and families. Dr. Kollef is a professor of medicine at Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis Missouri, USA. This podcast is sponsored by Sound Critical Care. Published: 12/4/2019

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