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The Frequency and Cost of Treatment Perceived to Be Futile in Critical Care

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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Source Name: JAMA Internal Medicine


Thanh N. Huynh; Eric C. Kleerup; Joshua F. Wiley; Terrance D. Savitsky; Diana Guse; Bryan J. Garber; Neil S. Wenger

After developing a definition of futile care, intensivists were surveyed in 5 ICUs for a period of 3 months, during which 1136 pts were treated.  19% of patients were perceived as receiving futile or probably futile care.  Of those receiving what was perceived as futile care, the 6 month mortality rate was 85%, and the cost of treatment was $2.6 million. 

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