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Category: Ethics and End of Life

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...

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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.”

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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?”

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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."

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SCCM Pod-72 PCCM: Family Presence During Pediatric CPR

Susan Bratton, MD, MPH, discusses an editorial published in the September 2006 issue of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, "Physician Experience with Family Presence During Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation."

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SCCM Pod-75 CCM: Spiritual Care in the ICU

Richard J. Wall, MD, MPH, and Nancy Chambers, MDiv, discuss an article published in the April issue of Critical Care Medicine titled, "Spiritual Care of Families in the ICU." 

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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."

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SCCM Pod-144 Message from the 2011 President

Society of Critical Care Medicine president Pamela A. Lipsett, MD, MHPE, FCCM, discusses her professional background and research interests during an engaging conversation that touches on cutting-edge topics, including quality of life after a stay in the intensive care unit, t...

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SCCM Pod-147 Daily Predictions of Death in the Medical ICU

William Meadow, MD, PhD, discusses an article published in the March Critical Care Medicine titled, “Power and Limitations of Daily Prognostications of Death in the Medical ICU.”

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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.”

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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.

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SCCM Pod-189: Expanding Palliative Care Training for Fellows

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Alyssa Majesko, MD, MS, about her article published in the August Critical Connections, which discusses the importance of training fellows in palliative care and the use of effective communication.

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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.”

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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.

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SCCM Pod-228 CCM: Screening Criteria for Palliative Care

Michael Weinstein, MD, FACS, FCCP, speaks with Judith Nelson, MD, JD, lead author on an article published in the October Critical Care Medicine, “Choosing and Using Screening Criteria for Palliative Care Consultation in the Intensive Care Unit: A Report From The IPAL-ICU (Impr...

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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...

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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.

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Shared Decision-Making and Decision Analysis in the ICU

The Society of Critical Care Medicine's Critical Care Congress features internationally renowned faculty and content sessions highlighting the most up-to-date, evidence-based developments in critical care medicine. This is a presentation from the 45th Critical Care Congress on...

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When Expectations and Desires Meet Reality: Guiding Surrogates Through Critical Illness

The Society of Critical Care Medicine's Critical Care Congress features internationally renowned faculty and content sessions highlighting the most up-to-date, evidence-based developments in critical care medicine. This is a presentation from the 45th Critical Care Congress on...

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