Palliative program in surgical ICU improves care, study says

10/11/2012 | MedWire News (U.K.)

A program that included palliative care assessments for liver transplant patients admitted to a surgical ICU and meetings between clinicians and families helped to improve end-of-life care, according to a study in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Researchers found the initiative helped care teams and families reach a consensus on goals sooner, including use of Do Not Resuscitate orders, which gave families more time with patients.

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