Ann Surg 2021 Mar 4. Epub 2021 Mar 4.
Department of Anesthesia, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Penn Center for Perioperative Outcomes Research and Transformation, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
Objective: The aim of this study was to describe decisions about the escalation and withdrawal of treatment for patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
Summary Background Data: Interventions premised on facilitating patient autonomy have proven problematic in guiding treatment decisions in intensive care units (ICUs). Calls have thus been made to better understand how decisions are made in critical care. Read More