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How should clinicians respond to requests for potentially inappropriate treatment?

New in Intensive Care Medicine: “How should clinicians respond to requests for potentially inappropriate treatment?”

One of the most ethically controversial issues in intensive care units is how to respond to requests from surrogates to administer life-prolonging interventions when clinicians believe those interventions should not be administered.  The article outlines, for a European audience, the framework provided by a new multi-society consensus statement (on which I am second author) regarding such requests.

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