Palliative care in the surgical intensive care unit: Where least expected, where most needed

Geoffrey P. Dunn, Anne C. Mosenthal

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Abstract

Despite dramatic improvements in survival from a broad range of afflictions seen in the surgical critical care unit, the problem of suffering in its many forms and its long-term consequences will remain as long as mortality characterizes the human condition. Palliative care in the surgical intensive care unit is an extension of time-honoured surgical principles and traditions that aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life associated with serious illness as an end in itself or as part of treatment to save and prolong life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Journal of Surgery
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

Keywords

  • Intensive care
  • Palliation

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