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Posted on July 31, 2020 at 4:30 AM

This new book addresses the ethical problems that physicians have to face every day while caring for critically ill patients. Improved treatments in emergency and critical care, have resulted in more patients surviving with reduced quality of life. This entails trade-offs for many patients, their families, and the teams caring for them. In 16 chapters experts in their respective fields describe compelling ethical challenges resulting from these discrepancies and discuss potential solutions.

  • How Ethics Can Support Clinicians Caring for Critically Ill Patients
  • Patients and Teams Caring for Them: Parallels Between Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
  • Indication and Prognostication
  • Consent, Advance Directives, and Decision by Proxies
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Inter-professional Shared Decision-Making
  • Shared Decision-Making With Patients and Families
  • Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Triage
  • Usage of Cutting-Edge Technology: ECPR
  • Usage of Cutting-Edge Technology: ECMO
  • Limiting Life-Sustaining Therapies
  • Advancing Palliative Care in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine
  • Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Disproportionate Care, Ethical Climate, and Moral Distress
  • To Treat or Not to Treat: How to Arrive at an Appropriate Decision Under Critical Circumstances
  • Epilogue: Critical Care During a Pandemic – A Shift from Deontology to Utilitarianism?

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