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Authors

  1. Grabda, Marina BSN, RN
  2. Lim, Fidelindo A. DNP, CCRN

Abstract

A review of the literature indicates that there are many benefits of palliative care consultations for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Patients who received palliative care treatment were found to have a better emotional state, received less invasive procedures, and had a shorter ICU length of stay. It is noted that patients who could benefit from palliative care treatments may not be identified due to failures to meet the criteria for palliative care consultations. A culture change is needed to improve palliative services, and to standardize when and how it is used.