Approximately 5.7 million people in the United States experience heart failure, and about 670 000 new cases are diagnosed annually. Patients who are ineligible for heart transplant may benefit from a left ventricular assist device. These devices have provided patients with an increased life span, but eventually patients die of the underlying heart disease. This case study illustrates the appropriate use of palliative care teams to address preparedness planning and help decrease moral distress among nursing staff. (Critical Care Nurse. 2014; 34:47–56)
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Destination to Nowhere: A New Look at Aggressive Treatment for Heart Failure—A Case Study
Brian J. O’Neill, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, CCRN-CSC;
Brian O’Neill is an adult nurse practitioner specializing in cardiothoracic surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a doctoral student at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut.
Corresponding author: Brian J. O’Neill, 2 Glen Street, Milford, CT 06460 (e-mail: email@example.com).
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Brian J. O’Neill, Meredith W. Kazer; Destination to Nowhere: A New Look at Aggressive Treatment for Heart Failure—A Case Study. Crit Care Nurse 1 April 2014; 34 (2): 47–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2014442
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