The price of providing futile care to a patient when death is imminent can potentially be to delay or deny care to other ICU patients or those waiting to enter the ICU, according to a study led by Dr. Thanh Huynh of the University of California, Los Angeles, and presented at CHEST 2013. "Because futile treatment is not beneficial, we need to develop mechanisms that will reorient care to better serve our patients," Huynh said.

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