Prospective Analysis of Life-Sustaining Therapy Discussions in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit: A Housestaff Perspective
Attitude of Health Personnel
Life Support Care
Age, acuity, and lack of decision-making capacity were the most important factors involved in the initiation of an LSTD. Housestaff reported that they initiated LSTDs for different reasons and proposed different end-of-life care plans relative to both patients and their surrogates. These disparities can contribute to failed enactment of proposed changes in end-of-life care plans.