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Mechanical Medical Devices in Intensive Care and End-of-life: Unanswered Questions

Tariq Janjua, Masood Kisana, Luis Rafael Moscote-Salazar

Keywords : Critical Care, Ethics, Medical device

Citation Information : Janjua T, Kisana M, Moscote-Salazar LR. Mechanical Medical Devices in Intensive Care and End-of-life: Unanswered Questions. Journal of Medical Academics 2022; 5 (1-2):34-36.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11003-0111

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 22-02-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


End-of-life can be at different locations. Intensive care admission and progression to the terminal stage is one of these locations. The condition progresses to an unfortunate state where finally it is decided to initiate comfort care, terminal extubation, or change the status to no further therapy. Modern advancements in health care include the application of an extensive list of medical devices to continue functional life in an outpatient setting or support critical care conditions. Both of these situations can have periods where medical device function makes critical decisions difficult. Patients, families, and sometimes healthcare providers discuss and do their best what has to be done to deal with these devices as the end-of-life approaches. Here we bring up some questions, not clearly defined in medical practice and suggest some options. As medical care gets more complex, there will be newer editions to these devices and further questions will arise. To make the point more clear, the below-mentioned case may help with the questions to follow.

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