This qualitative study describes the experience of bereaved caregivers and patients at the end of life who have a left ventricular assist device.
This Teachable Moment describes the experience of a spouse who was asked to make the decision regarding withholding cardipulmonary resuscitation for a patient whose death from surgical complications was judged by the surgeon to be imminent.
This national retrospective cohort study found the incidence of CPR to be higher and long-term survival worse in patients receiving maintenance dialysis.
This cohort study reports that intensive care units vary dramatically in how they manage care for patients admitted with treatment limitations.
This interview study found that institutional cultures and policies might influence how physician trainees make decisions regarding do-not-resuscitate orders.
This observational cohort study demonstrates that patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who received basic life support had higher survival at hospital discharge and 90 days compared with those who received advanced life support and were less likely to have poor neurological functioning.
This systematic review finds that most patients overestimate the benefits and underestimate the harms of screening, tests, and treatments.
Anderson et al determine whether regional variations in county-level rates of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training exist across the United States and also determine the factors associated with low rates in US counties. See the Invited Commentary by Blewer and Abella.
Ebell et al developed a simple prearrest point score that can identify patients unlikely to survive in-hospital cardiac arrest neurologically intact or with minimal deficits. See the viewpoint by Berger and the editor’s note by Covinsky.