The Problem of Informed Consent in Critically Ill Patients
the need to do everything, regardless of outcome, potential effects or costs, particularly when patients are likely to die without aggressive treatment and when patients cannot make their own decision;
strict legal demands for liability and claims for damages promote defensive medicine and high level of measures for diagnosis and therapy: invasive (e.g. pulmonary artery catheter) as well as expensive (e.g. Labs, CT scans) diagnostics and treatments (e.g. operations, organ function replacement).
KeywordsPulmonary Artery Catheter Intensive Care Medicine Legal Representative Defensive Medicine Presume Consent
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