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Keywords

End-of-care life, Palliative care, Patient advocacy, Withdrawing life support

 

Authors

  1. Brus, Mary Ann MSN, BSN, RN, CCRN

Abstract

Unique circumstances accompany each death, and there is a choreography that I observe and participate in when terminating life-saving measures. How well the process of withdrawal of care is performed impacts so many. I have created a blueprint to guide critical care nurses involved in the withdrawal of life support. This article describes one institution's guidelines for the withdrawal of life support.