Dying in the Intensive Care Unit

  • K. Hillman
Conference paper


In 2000 it was reported in Time magazine [1] that while 70% of Americans wanted to die at home, approximately 75% died in medical institutions and over 30% of those spent their last 10 days of life in an intensive care unit (ICU). Other studies have shown that approximately 50% of all deaths occur in the ICU [2]. Approximately 70% of Canadians now die in hospitals [2]. Not only is it not what people want, but as a result many of the families have faced financial hardship [3].


Intensive Care Unit Palliative Care Financial Hardship Medical Emergency Team Time Magazine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Hillman
    • 1
  1. 1.Area Critical Care ServicesLiverpool HospitalLiverpoolAustralia

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