Survey shows conflicts over post-op care goals in ICUs

01/17/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

A survey of 912 surgeons showed that up to 43% have conflicts with ICU intensivists and nurses over postoperative goals of care, University of Wisconsin researchers reported in JAMA Surgery. Study author Dr. Terrah J. Paul Olson said the combination of patient care, end-of-life decision-making and team coordination can lead to frustration, communications breakdowns and discord, which is associated with lower quality care, more medical errors, staff burnout and higher costs.

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