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Recommendations for end-of-life care in the intensive care unit: The Ethics Committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine

Truog, Robert D. MD; Cist, Alexandra F. M. MD; Brackett, Sharon E. RN, BSN; Burns, Jeffrey P. MD; Curley, Martha A. Q. RN, PhD, CCNS, FAAN; Danis, Marion MD; DeVita, Michael A. MD; Rosenbaum, Stanley H. MD; Rothenberg, David M. MD; Sprung, Charles L. MD; Webb, Sally A. MD; Wlody, Ginger S. RN, EdD, FCCM; Hurford, William E. MD


From the Ethics Committee, American College of Critical Care Medicine.

The American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM), which honors individuals for their achievements and contributions to multidisciplinary critical care medicine, is the consultative body of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) that possesses recognized expertise in the practice of critical care. The ACCM has developed administrative guidelines and clinical practice parameters for the critical care practitioner. New guidelines and practice parameters are continually developed, and current ones are systematically reviewed and revised.

Supported, in part, by grants from the Argosy Foundation and the Harvard Risk Management Foundation.

Address requests for reprints to: Robert D. Truog, MD, Professor of Anaesthesia & Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School, Director, MICU, FA-108, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02115.

Recommendations such as these can only attempt to articulate practices that are based on sound ethical reasoning and that are consonant with current cultural and legal norms.

© 2001 by the Society of Critical Care Medicine and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins