Ethical Issues and Palliative Care in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

Keith M. Swetz, J. Keith Mansel

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Abstract

Medical advances over the past 50years have helped countless patients with advanced cardiac disease or who are critically ill in the intensive care unit (ICU), but have added to the ethical complexity of the care provided by clinicians, particularly at the end of life. Palliative care has the primary aim of improving symptom burden, quality of life, and the congruence of the medical plan with a patient's goals of care. This article explores ethical issues encountered in the cardiac ICU, discusses key analyses of these issues, and addresses how palliative care might assist medical teams in approaching these challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)657-668
Number of pages12
JournalCardiology Clinics
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

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Palliative Care
Ethics
Intensive Care Units
Patient Care Planning
Critical Illness
Heart Diseases
Patient Care
Quality of Life

Keywords

  • Advanced heart failure
  • Bioethics
  • End of life
  • Medical ethics
  • Medical technology
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Ethical Issues and Palliative Care in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. / Swetz, Keith M.; Mansel, J. Keith.

In: Cardiology Clinics, Vol. 31, No. 4, 11.2013, p. 657-668.

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Swetz, Keith M. ; Mansel, J. Keith. / Ethical Issues and Palliative Care in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. In: Cardiology Clinics. 2013 ; Vol. 31, No. 4. pp. 657-668.
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