Preparation of families for withdrawal of life support should be part of appropriate and effective end-of-life care. However, current literature does not give adequate direction to caregivers for meeting families’ informational needs prior to withdrawal of life support from their loved one. The goal should be to facilitate bereavement for family members of ICU patients. Having a predetermined process also may help to alleviate stress for staff members.
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Linda Bell; Preparing ICU Families for Withdrawal of Life Support. Am J Crit Care 1 March 2008; 17 (2): 123. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2008.17.2.123
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