Odds of Reversing ICU Patients’ Preferences to Forgo Life-Sustaining Care Vary, Study Finds

March 31, 2015

(Medical Xpress) – Intensive care units across the United States vary widely in how they manage the care of patients who have set preexisting limits on life-sustaining therapies, such as authorizing do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders and prohibiting interventions such as feeding tubes or dialysis, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their work is published in the current issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.