New Guidelines Address Conflicts in Critical Care Treatment

May 18, 2015

(Medscape) – New guidelines from the American Thoracic Society address crucial decision-making regarding the care of patients with critical illness. The policy statement aims to prevent conflicts and ensure cooperation between medical staff and family caregivers. “Neither individual clinicians nor families should be given unchecked authority to determine what treatments will be given to a patient,” guideline cochair Douglas White, MD, MAS, from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Critical Care Medicine in Pennsylvania, said in an ATS news release