Using semi-structured interviews with intensive care unit (ICU) survivors and their family members, investigators identified several ICU processes of care and outcomes after the ICU that were important to this population.
Health care providers are understandably concerned about the legal climate in which they live, observes Marshall B. Kapp, JD, MPH, professor in the department of community health at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. But ICU physicians can rest easier than many. Even though malpractice cases abound, the reality is that very few medical malpractice claims or other adverse legal actions happen due to thoughtful decisions to withhold or withdraw treatment for dying patients in the ICU.
Intensive care is part of a continuum of progressive patient care, and a significant number of research groups are now focusing their attention on ways to improve the organization of the ICU and its place in the continuum of care. An important aspect of this process is the evaluation of ICU discharge policies and their consequences.